Reaching the Ends of the Ends of the Earth through Global Gateway Cities.
God is Bringing the Nations.
Brad W. Co-Found of Global Gates: “We were serving overseas as missionaries in an urban context in southeast Asia and God brought us home, but yet he had not removed this calling to reach the unreached.”
“And so we visited New York City, and we found of the 22 million people residing in Metro New York City about 4.5 million were members of what we would call unreached people groups. We honestly thought we were going for second best when we were going to come work in a larger city and yet the Lord is giving us opportunities to touch the nations.”
Immigrants in our own global gateway cities are a potential resource for missionaries perfectly equipped to reach their home nations.
Brad. W.: “You know we take our philosophy of reaching cities from Paul, who would go to a major urban center like Ephesus, plant himself there, and reach the rural areas from that area.”
“And in most of the urban context we’re working in we have freedom to share the gospel, freedom to impact these people who have a lot influence back home, and so even though they may be residing in a North American city they’re still very connected back to their home country, often times supporting 10, 20 family members back home.”
“These same people who are supporting family members back home have a lot of sway in the overall philosophical or religious life of their family.”
“So, we know that really the main role of a missionary is to find someone in a culture who longs for God and then equip that person to go and reach their own family. It’s not the western missionary who is at the front head of that charge. Generally, it’s someone from within the culture, because the people within the culture know the questions their family and friends are asking. They know the language. They know all the nonverbals that we miss as missionaries.”
Equipping and empowering diaspora Christians for mission is key to reaching the least reached nations.
“Missionaries are primarily catalysts to get things happening. Well, what better place to get things happening than with the people who are already the leaders in their home countries. We could go and have to start up a water project. We could go and have to develop a reason to live in a country, but God’s already sent so many of the people that we’re trying to reach into much more accessible places like the major cities of our world.”
“And then it’s our joy just to come and begin serving them as they reach their own people, and so God is raising up new missionaries and recommissioning older missionaries to take advantage and really embrace the nations as he’s bringing them.”
For more information about Global Gates, visit www.globalgates.info.
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