Jesse Lancour Missionary to Milwaukee For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD - Habakkuk 2:14 as the waters cover the sea.
The Challenge A city of 582,819 people, Milwaukee is a hub of the Midwest. A population encompassing college students, working professionals, families, the urban poor, the homeless, and more, the city is a cross-section of the world’s population contained within 100 square miles.
In a city of 582,819… 128,803 live below the poverty level 2,440 slept on the street last night 80,433 dropped out of High School 56,873 are children growing up in single-parent homes 1,790 are High School girls with a newborn infant 4,080 underwent an abortion in the past 12 months 5,289 were victims of a violent crime committed this year 783 were arrested within the last year on prostitution charges 528,034 do not attend any Christian church, making Milwaukee the largest unreached people group in Wisconsin The Challenge: the city Numbers based on statistics gathered by 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates , The Association of Religion Data Archives , 2003 American Community Survey , Continuum of Care street count January 2006 , 2003 FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement , "Prostitution arrests up in Milwaukee; police cracking down to stem spread of other crime" in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 4, 2008
Milwaukee is home to over 85,000 students studying at 29 colleges and universities. Only 3,400 of these students attend any church. “ Forget everything you learned about the New Testament. Jesus was a homosexual and a magician." - Philosophy Professor, Southeastern College Nationwide, nearly 600,000 alcohol-related injuries, 96,000 sexual assaults, and 1700 deaths occur each year among college students. During a time when students are searching for meaning in alcohol, relationships, and philosophy, the church cannot afford to be silent. The Challenge: the campus Numbers based on statistics gathered by Campus Crusade and elsewhere
More than any other Wisconsin city, Milwaukee is a gathering place for the cultures and ethnicities of the world. 232,545 black or African-American residents 91,502 Hispanic immigrants 20,398 Asians 19,815 recent Russian immigrants 750 refugees from Myanmar fleeing genocide While missionaries spend thousands of dollars and years of training to bring the Gospel to the nations, the nations have literally gathered in our backyard. The Challenge: all of creation Numbers based on statistics gathered by www.city-data.com and 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates
Despite the alarming news of growing crime rates, prostitution rings, teenage pregnancies, college binge drinking, and increasing poverty in this city… God has a better plan for Milwaukee. The Solution
My Call to Milwaukee <ul><li>UWM to party with friends </li></ul><ul><li>1 ½ years of drunkenness Thursday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>through Sunday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brothers wedding - salvation </li></ul><ul><li>1 ½ years of engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Decision to be full time missionary </li></ul>
<ul><li>Incorporated in 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Local churches in Oconomowoc, Spring Green, Milwaukee, and Costa Rica </li></ul><ul><li>Close connections and mission opportunities with churches and ministries in Costa Rica, Haiti, Romania, and Cameroon </li></ul><ul><li>August 2009: the birth of Cornerstone Milwaukee </li></ul>About Cornerstone Church “ Preaching the Gospel, making disciples, raising up leaders, and establishing churches until the whole earth is filled with the glory of the Lord!”
The City : We desire to see the city of Milwaukee transformed as Jesus transforms the hearts of people, one person at a time. The Campus : We desire to make an impact on the campus and rescue students from alcohol, sexual promiscuity, and hopelessness, launching them into the Kingdom of God. All of Creation : Ultimately, we desire to see the Gospel preached to all of creation, wherever there are hurting people, starting with the streets and homes of Milwaukee. Our Vision for Milwaukee
<ul><li>Evangelism teams heading out to the streets, malls, festivals, beaches, and neighborhoods of Milwaukee. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercy ministry and service projects to show love to the poor, homeless, widowed, and uprooted of the city. </li></ul><ul><li>Small group Bible studies to disciple followers of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Rock Ministry Training School classes to train disciples to be effective in ministry and missionary work. </li></ul><ul><li>Citywide prayer and worship gatherings to draw the body of Christ together to seek God for the sake of our area. </li></ul>Our Methods
Currently, I am a full time missionary working out of Cornerstone Church. I have been living off of the monthly support I've raised so far and the special gifts that people have given since June. My desire is to be able to continue to be fully committed to the work God has prepared for me in Milwaukee. To be able to give myself completely as a missionary to my city, I am looking for the team of ministry partners God has prepared for me who will commit to carrying my burden with me in prayer and financial support. My goal is to raise an entire salary of $1,000 a month, which would allow me to be free to minister to the needs of the city. I am seeking those who share my heart for Milwaukee and are willing to support me with monthly donations, in order to help me meet my goal. The Need
3 Commitments of an Urban/College Missionary <ul><li>1. Pray and seek God Daily </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For my support team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For myself personally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the church corporately </li></ul></ul>
3 Commitments of an Urban/College Missionary <ul><li>2. Reach out with the gospel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To the college campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active evangelism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Committing to spiritual fatherhood </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To the widow, orphan, slave, and poor in Milwaukee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Service Projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active evangelism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Giving time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Giving money </li></ul></ul></ul>
3 Commitments of an Urban/College Missionary <ul><li>3. Serve the body of Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through teaching and creating disciples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through maintaining my local church's facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through hospitality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through leading evangelism </li></ul></ul>
To reach my goal of being a full time missionary to Milwaukee I need to find a team of pray-ers and financial supporters. Will you join my team by committing to pray and/or financially support me monthly for one year? Your Part
Who do you know who is passionate about reaching the lost or impacting our cities for Jesus? One more thing…
Thank you so much for taking the time to hear about what God has called me to in Milwaukee. Thank You!
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