Missionaries serving with Global City Mission Initiative have a specific strategic focus. However, in the process of serving Christ, oftentimes there are unscheduled and unplanned opportunities to be salt and light.
When a major life crisis takes place, a GCMI missionary is the first one to get the call. This is significant when the person making the call never would have dreamed of turning to a religious leader for any reason even just a year ago. When a worker in the neighborhood library is wrestling with questions about her faith, she sits and talks with one of our missionaries for help sorting it out. When a GCMI missionary is challenged to follow the example of "The Good Samaritan," he recognizes the opportunity to be salt & light. (Read more about that example here.)
One of the lessons I am continually taught is that we ought to not be so busy speaking about Jesus that we forget to act like him. I'm thankful for a community of missionaries striving to be obedient, thanks to his amazing grace.
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One of the key ways to partner with Global City Mission Initiative is to pray. If you would like to request permission to join our private Facebook group posting specific prayer concerns, click here. .
Works in Progress
Much of the time, ministry activity can be best summed up as works-in-progress. Right now we are pursuing numerous inroads, and much of it can certainly be called works-in-progress. There are new groups getting started in NYC and LA. A new apprenticeship team is reaching out to Latin Americans in NYC and we're pursuing new potential opportunities among Albanian nations in the Bronx. There are new international student groups forming in Upper Manhattan. There are church training opportunities in Los Angeles. We're just beginning to explore open doors in Tampa while planning to launch a cross-cultural internship in Orlando. We are constantly praying to the Lord of the harvest for workers. Join us in prayer for the many works-in-progress -- that each will become building blocks in God's Kingdom. . .
Every day at 10:02am my cell phone signals a reminder that I should pray for workers. It's a reflection of Luke 10:2 when Jesus commanded that we should pray to the Lord of the harvest for workers to be sent out into the harvest. GCMI aims to mobilize missionary catalysts to spark disciple-making at the global crossroads. Will you pray with us to the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers?
In New York City, at this time of year one of the common ministry activities is to say "goodbye," to wait, and to pray. Several of our Mission Catalysts work with international students in Manhattan, and each Summer students often return to their home countries with the added intention of considering discipleship and baptism and discussing what they've learned with their family or friends. For many, they have read the bible for the very first time in their lives. For us, each Summer we begin a process of waiting and praying as they return home and reflect on what they've learned.
A key task for our Mission Catalysts is to both plant the seed of the gospel and to build bridges for the gospel to cross cultures. For more on building bridges among international students, click here.
In Los Angeles, Kim, one of our Mission Catalysts has invested in equipping believers in local churches to reach out to their friends, family, or neighbors wherever they live, work, or hang out. Recently, he had the opportunity to train a local minister of a small church. His response illustrates the importance of activating disciples in the city.
After the training, the minister immediately went to his nearest unreached contact, and initiated a new bible study group with unbelievers. Then, he sent our Mission Catalyst a message: "I started my very first evangelistic bible study in a little over 10 years of ministry. I think it is a little sad that I was able to move up the ladder so to speak in ministry without ever talking about faith with someone that does not already have faith."
He became a worker to the harvest when a GCMI Mission Catalyst taught some simple strategies for reaching out through the relationships in his community. Now, he has not only started a new group but is requesting further training for continuing to reach his neighborhood.
We are pleased to announce that Crossroads of the Nations has been named among the top 15 books in mission studies in 2015 by International Bulletin of Mission Research.
Equipping for Mission
In April, I had the opportunity to travel to 11 different cities in the state of Texas and share about the vision and ministry of GCMI. One of the encouraging bits of feedback was the consistent interest that fellow believers had to learn about our approach to reaching out in our cities. One of the initiatives that we are excited about is training Christians for dynamic and intentional evangelism. If you are interested in learning more about evangelism training, please let us know.