Last Spring, we began a conversation with Chris Marsden about Global City Mission, and after many more hours of discussion, we invited him to serve with our team. Beginning this month, Chris will be seeking partners to help sponsor his work with this ministry to serve as a new Director of Operations & Communication.
Chris has been serving the Kensington Church in Orlando for the last 7 years. While providing one of the first steps toward a team in Orlando, he will be helping Global City Mission both to support our existing missionaries and to expand our reach as a mission to global cities. Join us in prayer for Chris as he enters this crucial phase of missionary preparation.
August 15th, Global City Mission launched a new missions training opportunity. Engage Orlando is a cross-cultural evangelism internship in Orlando, Florida in partnership with Johnson University-Florida (JUFL). Orlando is the most visited city in the United States drawing people from around the globe, and 86% of Orlando residents do not participate in any sort of evangelical church. There are plenty of opportunities for diving into cross-cultural outreach. Engage Orlando involves JUFL students living off-campus engaging in a learning-by-doing experience of cross-cultural evangelism under the mentoring & guidance of Global City Mission.
Global City Mission is launching a new podcast! It's being led by Seth Bouchelle, our NYC team facilitator. This podcast shares practical tools, insights, and personal lessons learned through the experiences of cross-cultural evangelism, church multiplication, and everyday ministry in the city. We hope this podcast from the 'front lines' of urban mission will add to the church's conversation at the intersection of theology, culture, and the practice of ministry. You can tune in at our website hereor subscribe via ITunes here.
Ministry is hard, so sometimes its really good to just pause & celebrate. In the last 4 years, Global City Mission Initiative (GCMI) has gone from 1 missionary to a team in New York City and GCMI personnel now serving in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Tampa. Through local partnerships, we are involved in 2 missionary training internships, and to varying degrees, we've helped seeds of the Gospel touch every continent (minus Antarctica) through working at the crossroads of global cities. It's incredibly humbling and so very exciting. As you pray, give financially, or connect with us in other ways, you are part of this team, and there is reason to celebrate!
Still, our small team recognizes probably more than anyone else that there is so very much more to do.... and still so much to learn! We certainly hope and pray that this ministry is just getting started. Join us in prayer for our Father to sustain our efforts, our missionaries, and bring a harvest for His glory.