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It is NOT an either/or question!
The commandment is pretty clear that we are to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria AND the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). If I paid you a buck for every church that told me “we are globally focused”, you would be storing up big treasures here on earth (as the saying goes). Yes, it’s compeling to see a starving child living in sewage in another country and ask why. Yes, we need to go to the ends of the earth.
But, as youth leaders ourselves, we get lots of questions about the exploding US homeless population or what is transitional housing for working homeless families. After-all, “if they’re working, how come they’re homeless”. How about when students see little kids that are stuck in the crossfire of politics and poverty. How about a mom and three little kids who live under a bridge or a cheap nasty hotel within eye sight of your cities capitol. How about a third of the girls who are pregnant by age 20 raising their children in poverty. Does God not weep for them too!
We, as Christians, with our inner city ministry partners, with Christ’s love can change or alter generational cycles in these communities!
Even if you are going global with your missions program, here are some serious things to consider. As youth leaders, we risk teaching our students that being missional is an expensive something you "go to". It needs to be something we all become. Seriously, we need to offer our students both options, global and US, not one or the other.
CityConnexx has the inner city missions pulse. Your group will live, serve, pray, play and reach these at-risk neighborhoods with the love of Christ.
CityConnexx is sponsored by Compassion International. A program of YPN