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What is Global Outreach?

October 04 2011
October 04 2011

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY AMY HOOD, THE GLOBAL OUTREACH MINISTRY TEAM LEADER

My three-year-old daughter was having trouble going to sleep tonight. We snuggled while I rocked her and as songs came to mind I sang them to her quietly as I did when she was a baby. One of the songs was “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” I remember singing it at church as a child. What a long time ago, but those timeless words resonate with me as I think about Global Outreach at Christ Church. 

Jesus does love all the children of the world of all colors – His children, God’s children, are all of us. We are all precious to Him no matter where we are in the world or where we are in our journey of faith. This simple song reminds me unexpectedly that it is our privilege as God’s children to love the rest of His children. That’s one of the primary reasons that I am engaged in Global Outreach.

I remember that Jesus told us how to serve His children:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20

How are we as Christians and God’s children sent into the world?

The church is essential to global flourishing. Christians go into the world because we are commanded by Christ to do so. And we go into the world just as Jesus came into the world. Jesus came telling the story; so too do we go telling the story. Jesus came making peace; so too do we make peace. And, our posture is one of both boldness and humility, because we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and commissioned as witnesses, bearing the message of our Savior’s crucifixion (and with it the promise of redemption) and resurrection (and with it the hope of restoration). (Excerpted from Christ Church Global Outreach Strategy paper. Download or read the paper here.)

What do we as God’s children at Christ Church do for the children of the world?

Christ Church partners through prayer, financial and human resources with:

·      Members of Christ Church engaged in strategic global initiatives

·      New church developments and indigenous churches in global cities

·      University ministries in global cities

Who are our current partners who are serving God’s children in the world?

·      Erin has been serving in Central Asia since September 2009. Working with Operation Mobilization, she seeks to share the Gospel of Jesus by reaching out in peace-making service and loving friendship to those in her host country. She spends her time learning the language and culture and in working for the organization by assisting several other worker families. She is involved at a local fellowship and assists with Sunday school classes monthly.

·      Ryan and Lora Smith are serving the Azeri people in Georgia with Youth with a Mission and Millennium Relief and Development Services.  They seek to share the Gospel with the Azeri community. Lora is an English language teacher in a local school and Ryan is actively exploring additional needs in the community where they can serve.

·      Ryan and Karin Johnson are serving in China with EFCA ReachGlobal that works to multiply healthy churches among all people. They will be doing ministry training for the local church and its leaders and ministering to people through public health training.

·      Jon and Sarah Pfeil and their children are serving in Tokyo city center to partner with Japanese pastor Rev. Seima Aoyagi to start the second church in a church-planting partnership. The new church aims to serve Japanese college students and young families living in the heart of Tokyo.  

How can you as God’s children get involved in Global Outreach at Christ Church?

·      Join in prayer with others at Christ Church for our partners. We pray every Sunday at 9:45AM in the Community Hall at our Christ Church Berkeley location, and every Wednesday morning at 8:30AM in the Prayer Alcove of our Sanctuary at Christ Church Berkeley.

·      Sign up for the Global Outreach Team by messaging me (Amy Hood) on our online Community Network – www.christchurch.onthecity.org to receive our monthly partner prayer guides and updates from our partners.

·      Participate on the Global Outreach Team to help organize occasional special events and care packages for our partners.

I pray that you will join us as we seek to love all God’s children of the world just as Jesus does through Global Outreach at Christ Church. If you have any questions or would like to talk further about Global Outreach, please don’t hesitate to message me on our Community Network.

Amy Hood

Global Outreach Ministry Team Lead