Churches face the often difficult decision of how much time, money and energy to devote to global missions vs local mission. That is always an interesting and important conversation, one that is and should be unique to each congregation.
At Mosaic that conversation takes a bit of a different twist. All of our global ministry opportunities have come from our local relationships. As I got know Moses Thang Hung, we became acquainted with his brother James’ ministry in Myanmar — there are now four “Mosaic Churches” in Myanmar that we encourage and support. Pastor Carlos is from Juarez, Mexico and has a relationship with Samuel Cordova who leads a dynamic network of churches and ministries in that region, I had the privilege of spending a few days with them in June. We are committed to stay connected and involved in that ministry. A couple of months ago I met Pastor Jemimah Ngatia a native of Kenya who has a ministry in our local community. We are exploring ways of working together (for the moment we’ll be working together with African refugees living in Aurora… but I know how things often evolve to a global scale).
There is an incredible amount of ministry that is needed in our local community, but here it is hard to keep that from expanding globally (and I have to admit, I’m not trying too hard to geographically limit our impact).
One of the interesting outcomes for us is that whenever we’ve had opportunities outside of our region, it seems to provide us with connections back to great ministry locally. We are praying for the right moment to launch a Burmese congregation in our community. Our Spanish language ministry and community influence is remarkable. We are developing quite a reputation in our local community for connections with ministry that impact refugees from Africa and Asia.
I don’t have a clear picture of all of our future ministry involvements. I do know that we will continue to prayerfully engage with God as He leads us and give us opportunities to expand His Kingdom.
Please pray for us.