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The World is our NeigborhoodPresentation Transcript
“Go, make disciples of all the nations” the world is our neighborhood
global frontier missions: is a movement of Christ-centered communities dedicated to mobilizing, training, and multiplying disciples and churches among the least reached people groups on earth
gfm’s distinct characteristics: (1) GFM is an international Christian mission organization focused on church planting among unreached peoples
helpful definitions:A People Group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance
helpful definitions:An Unreached People Group is a people group in which less than 2% of the population are Evangelical Christians
helpful definitions:A Last Frontier People Group (or Unengaged)is an UPG that has not had a new Evangelical church started among it within the past two years
helpful definitions:A Church Planting Movement is a rapid and multiplying increase of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment
gfm’s distinct characteristics: (2) GFM mobilizes and trains North American Christians for missions through global training centers in Atlanta, Houston, and other locations
gfm training center locations: Current U.S. Locations: ATLANTA – CLARKSTON, GEORGIA – Since 2010 HOUSTON – SUGARLAND, TEXAS – Since 2010 Current International Locations: OAXACA, MEXICO – Since 2000 BANGKOK, THAILAND – Since 2010 New Locations: NORTHERN INDIA – Spring 2012 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – ??? CHICAGO, K.C., L.A., MIAMI, N.Y., PHOENIX, SEATTLE, etc. AMSTERDAM, JOHANNESBURG, LONDON, NAIROBI, etc.
gfm’s distinct characteristics: (3) GFM operates a mission training school, an apprenticeship program, as well as short term mission trips to help multiply missions among refugees, immigrants, and international students
• Refugees are admitted to the United States by the Department of Homeland Security. • After 12 months of residency, they are required to apply for adjustment of status to that of Permanent Resident Alien.• After 5 years in the US, refugees may apply for citizenship.
There arecurrently over 194,000Iraqi refugees worldwide … Hundreds ofthese beautifulfamilies live in NE Atlanta
peoples in dekalb county: Sub-Saharan Africa 4,250 Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa North Africa / Middle-East 5,624 Ethiopia, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Somalia Europe 7,295 Bosnia, Germany, Poland, Russia, France South Asia 7,297 India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar East Asia 7,525 S Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan Southeast Asia 8,209 Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia Latin America 48,935 Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
gfm’s primary goals: (1) MOBILIZATION -To raise awareness concerning the needs around the world, so that people and churches can be more strategic in fulfilling their role in the Great Commission. We do this by hosting short term mission trips, holding missions seminars/conferences, and getting involved in local churches to cast vision for the least reached people groups.
gfm’s primary goals: (2) TRAINING - To train as many people as possible to go and serve long-term among the least reached people groups of the world. Our missionary training schools are a perfect way for people to get their feet wet in missions right here in the US as they learn some language, cross cultural barriers, begin building relationships with internationals, etc. before launching off overseas.
gfm’s primary goals: (3) MULTIPLYING - To reach out to internationals living close to us with the hope of seeing them evangelized and discipled to the point that they can go back and reach their own people. We do this by focusing on immigrants, refugees, and international students living in close proximity to us. Our desire is to plant simple, reproducible churches in apartment complexes, homes, and on college campuses.
immigration and mission:―twin‖ blessings: (1) “Reverse missions” – Now, thousands of international missionaries come to the U.S. to serve on the mission field. (2) Unreached in our own Backyard – Thousands of unreached peoples enter the U.S. each year … they may even live in your neighborhood.
20% of World’sInternational Migrations
From Baltimore to Nepal—From New York to West Africa–From Atlanta to Iraq
Who Are The Strangers Next Door to You?
what you already know: ATLANTA IS THE HOMEOF: Great Sports– Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, & 1996 Olympic Games
Pat Maddox“Friend ofRefugees”
what you already know:ATLANTA IS THE HOME OF:Fortune 500 Companies – AT&T,Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, HomeDepot, Turner Broadcasting, &UPS
what you already know:ATLANTA IS THE HOME OF:Famous Americans – AlanJackson, Bobby Jones, ChrisTomlin, Hank Aaron, Jane Fonda,Jeff Foxworthy, Jimmy Carter,Lewis Grizzard, Margaret Mitchell,Martin Luther King, Ray Charles,Truett Cathy …
… and Justin Bieber
what you already know: ATLANTA HAS: The nation’s 9th largest metro population … 5.3 million people
what you already know:ATLANTA HAS:One of the world’s busiestairports … 14,000,000travelers per year
what you already know:ATLANTA HAS:The universe’s bestchicken sandwich …Chick-fil-A
what you already know:ATLANTA HAS:Some seriousissues • Schools• Air Pollution • Sprawl• Crime • Traffic• Economy • Water• Poverty Shortages
what you may not know:ATLANTA HAS:Other very serious issues• Human Trafficking / Sexual Exploitation of Minors• Homelessness• Homosexuality• HIV/AIDS
what you may not know:Over 1 million immigrants havemoved to Atlanta in the past 10years
what you may not know:The North American Mission Boardhas selected Atlanta as one of itsthree strategic global cities in thesouthern U.S.
what you may not know:TIME Magazine has called Clarkston,Georgia (in NE Atlanta), “the most diversesquare mile in the nation.”
“The refugee experience ofdislocation, culturalbereavement, confusion andconstant change will soonbe all of our experience. Asthe world becomesglobalized, we’ll all besearching for a home.” – Mary Pipher, Writer “Jesus said heaven is a place for people of all nations. So if you don’t like Clarkston, you won’t like heaven.” – Rev. Phil Kitchin, Pastor, Clarkston International
about clarkston, georgia:145 countries represented in a town of7,500 … all in 1 square mile
about clarkston, georgia:Over 750 distinct people groups
about clarkston, georgia: Most are refugees from 10/40 Window … displaced because of ethnic cleansing, famine, natural disasters, religious persecution, and
about clarkston, georgia:Many have never heard the Gospel
have you ever:Been the minority… culture, language, race, religion?As of 2010 Clarkston had a population of 7,554.• The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 13.6% white, 58.4% black, 0.2% Native American;• 4.8% Vietnamese, 16.8% other Asian, 2.1% from some other race and 4.1% from two or more races;• 2.8% of the population was Hispanic or Latino.
have you ever:Learned a second language from theperson you are teaching English?
have you ever:Eaten Cuban, East African, Halal,Indian, Jamaican, Nepali,Vietnamese,or Soul Food?
have you ever:Taught an Iraqi teenager how to drive… in Atlanta traffic?
have you ever:Shared the gospel with yourBuddhist,Hindu, and Muslim neighbors… all in the same week?
… neither have we
but we will
Mission Training School o Student (5 months) • School • Ministry o Staff (2 years) • Church Planter • Mobilizer • Trainer
A Typical Day • 6:45 Prayer for the Nations • 7:45 Small Group • 9:00 School • 1:30 Ministry • 8:00 Worship/Fellowship
School • 20 hours of classroom training per week • Read one to two books per week • Some of the topics to be discussed: • Fasting / Intercessory Prayer / Orality & Storying Evangelism / Church Planting / World Religions Leadership / Community Transformation Persecution / Theology / More • I will receive a degree in Intercultural Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary
Ministry • 15 hours of cross-cultural missions per week • Incarnational ministry among neighbors from places such as: • Bhutan / Burma/ Cambodia / Eritrea / Ethiopia Indonesia / Iraq / Laos / Nepal / Somalia Sudan / Vietnam / More • Many of our neighbors are refugees, immigrants, or international students from UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS!
Pray • Join our Prayer Team: • Pray for us – daily, weekly, or “upon every remembrance” • We will commit to pray for you and any special requests for prayer in confidence
Give • Join our Support Team: • Give a one-time gift to assist with immediate expenses • Pledge to give $25, $50, or $100 (or whatever amount God prompts you to give) on a monthly basis
what does our budget look like?Giving $350Rent + Utilities $1,200Food & Household Items $550Car (gas,insurance,maintenance) $475Health Insurance $325Mission Training School $300Misc. (school supplies,clothes,phone,savings,etc.) $300TOTAL $3,500 per
where will we get $3,500 a• month? includes money. EVERYTHING belongs to God! This• We believe that it is God’s will for us to live on mission in Atlanta … “if it’s God’s will, then it’s God’s bill”• God instructs His people to give generously:“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully willalso reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, notreluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able tomake all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,you may abound in every good work.” -2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (ESV)• $3,500 per month is basically the same salary most missionary families of four living overseas receive.
additional financial notes• Upon completion of the first two months’ “trial phase”, we will come under the care of Commission To Every Nation, a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Guidestar, and has been given 4 stars by Charity Navigators for 7 years in a row.• Their website is www.cten.org
Go • To truly catch the vision, you must see it for yourself! • GFM hosts many mission teams each year … bring a group to join in the work • We would love to host your family for a visit • Consider joining GFM for Mission Training School, Apprenticeship, or Short Term Mission
Tell • Please pass along an info-packet to any potential partners. • Give us their name and address; we will be glad to send them a packet
Partnership • A partnership is a committed relationship! • We commit the following to you: • To pray for you, your family, and other special requests • To send you regular personal and ministry updates • To be open and honest about our finances • To live a simple, transparent lifestyle of integrity based on God’s Word • You have an open invitation to visit, view, and participate in the work at GFM-Atlanta
Contact Information o Blog: • www.theworldisourneighborhood.blogspot.co m o Facebook: • The World is our Neighborhood o Email: • firstname.lastname@example.org
ThankYou For Your Prayers & Support o Please make checks to LIFELINE FELLOWSHIP o All checks are tax deductible