Absolutely! according to the Great Commission of Christ, the mission should begin first in Jerusalem, where resided the disciples, and in other surrounding countries until the end of the earth. Considering this, we have a job to do closer to home: the Good News to those around us in our community.
In the city of Sierra Madre, opportunities to accomplish the mission multiply especially as needs increase. In the streets, neighborhoods and even in our workplaces, fatigue affects the lives of more and more people. From the faith, they have more need than ever of hope. As Christians, we are called to be bearers of hope and messengers of Christ’s love.
This is why our church works in different ways:
1. Outreaches to meet the people in the streets, listening to them and just telling them about Jesus.
2. Humanitarian assistance to meet the immediate needs of the poor (clothes, food, first need to pack). Some works are done in collaboration with local associations.
3. Wherever possible, support, occasional or regular, associations that support individuals or families in difficulty.
These projects are organized in collaboration with other local churches in order to serve our citizens in unity and love of Christ.
In 2016, we aim to start a program for neighborhood children. Exciting challenges are before us!
It is true that the harvest is great but the areas of activities are varied and numerous. So we need you: men, women, young and old, believers of linguistic and cultural diversity.
If you would like to help, please contact us.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 he said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 so pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.””(Matthew 9.36-38)
The world is increasingly apprehensive. People are depressed; frightened by terrorist threats, worried about natural disasters. The “fields” have not been readied for harvest. In other words, people have never been willing to hear good news to give them hope. It is in these fields that Jesus wants to send his workers to proclaim his good news, to be his witnesses (Mark 16:15). and then to “go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone.”
Jesus asks us to pray that the number of missionaries should increase and so spread the gospel worldwide. We can be the fulfillment of such prayers by accepting God’s call to be His witnesses in our own neighborhoods, our cities, and even far beyond.
However, to be witnesses of Jesus as he asks is not as simple as it seems. We need to share the work of Christ across all barriers—geographical, social or cultural, linguistic. We must encourage each other through the power of the Word, support each other in prayer, understand the content of our mission to the world, as God has entrusted to us, and to have a deep and genuine communion with Jesus.
Our community has a heart for mission. various programs are developed throughout the year to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts for the mission: weekly prayer meetings, Missionary Day, sponsored races … our desire is that each of us recognize his missionary calling and participate in the extraordinary vision of God.