The city of Los Angeles is made up of a complex tapestry of people representing incredibly global diversity. L.A. is home to large concentrations of Mexicans, Samoans, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and many other distinct cultural groups from around the world. As it hosts tens of thousands of international students -- second only to metro NY for number of international students in the U. S. -- the potential for global outreach in LA is tremendous. With more than a million residents born outside of the United States and myriad of unique neighborhoods and emerging subcultures, Los Angeles is a key strategic city for global missions. While organizations such as Church Multiplication Associates, World Impact, and U.S. Center for World Missions, as well as numerous Christian colleges and seminaries are doing great work in the L.A. metro area, the need for increased cross-cultural disciple-making remains to be a great need for engaging in God's mission in this important city.
Currently, Global City Mission Initiative (GCMI) has one family serving in the L.A. area. Kim and Diane Gasaway have been living on the outer edges of the city and have initiated new church gatherings in their community. The Gasaways plan to relocate more centrally into the city in order to help facilitate disciple-making in metro L.A. through simple church planting and congregational partnerships. GCMI desires to build a team applying multiplication principles in metro L.A., and plans are underway for additional initiatives for cross-cultural outreach in L.A. If you are interested in serving with GCMI in Los Angeles, please contact us for more details.