Local International Ministry
When Jesus was asked when the end would come, he responded by talking about wars, famine, and natural disasters. But then he said that these were simply the beginning of the end. The real end, he said, would not take place until “this gospel of the kingdom [is] preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matt 24:14). We take these words of Jesus seriously. And when read alongside the Great Commission (Matt 28:18), we realize that Jesus actually expects his people to finish the job that he started, of bringing his kingdom message to the people of the earth.
So how do we do that? Until recently, this Great Commission meant going overseas. But now, as more and more of the people on our streets and in our schools have moved here from non-Christian-cultural backgrounds, the church of America must adapt to change the strategy of completing the job Jesus gave us. It’s not enough for GCC to reach out across the world if we don’t embrace our Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist neighbors, who live in our local community. So as part of our ongoing outreach to the “nations,” we have a variety of ministries within GCC that show the love of Jesus in a practical way to immigrants, refugees, and international students.