I walked up the stairs to the fourth floor of the building. A single mom from Dominican Republic had opened her home for a bible study, so I had asked her to invite friends & neighbors to join us. As I entered her Bronx apartment, I found her living room filled with people ranging from Mexico to Dominican Republic to Jamaica to India. This early church planting encounter was several years ago, and at the time the idea of finding "persons of peace" was still a new concept (new at the time, but actually quite old!) for missionaries in urban America. However, since those early ministry experiments, it has become a basic building block of our evangelistiic strategy for Global City Mission Initiative.
When a missionary catalyst meets a new Chinese friend in the city, she encourages her to gather some friends for a Discovery Bible Study. When a GCMI missionary encounters a spiritual seeker in Lower Manhattan, he invites her to gather her community, and a new church plant emerges. We've rejoiced as ministry through one "person of peace" blossoms into a new community of discipleship. These are among our celebrated moments in ministry, and seeking Persons of Peace is one of the main emphases of our work, week in & week out. Pray with us that the Lord of the harvest will lead us to persons of peace in global cities.
Persons of Peace
Unreached in NY
Recently a study on the persecutied church reported that Afghanistan is presently the second most dangerous nation in the world to be a Christian (just behind North Korea). Are Afghans completely out of reach of the gospel? By no means! An estimated 20,000 Afghans live & work in Metro New York with the largest concentration residing in Queens. Have you ever considered serving as a missionary to a hard-to-reach people group? Talk to us about reaching out to Afghans in New York City!
Mobilizing for Mission
As a team, Global City Mission has visited on average about a dozen college campuses each year. We have the opportunity to speak on missions and encourage students to consider serving in the city. Sometimes someone will tell us that they were moved to pursue a missionary vocation when they heard one of our team members speak to their class. As a missions organization, we recognize that oftentimes "the workers are few." However, mobillizing one missionary catalyst can lead to life for so many more. It is worth the effort. If you know someone considering service as a cross-cultural missionary, we would love to hear from them. Each new harvest worker in the city represents an answer to prayer.