Preaching the Gospel to All Nations

Wes CrawfordCliffNotes

Today’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Worship Pastor Wes Crawford.

Dear Christ Church,

Now three weeks into our Fall sermon series exploring what it means to understand our existence as being “for the sake of others,” we have heard from Father Bill Walker about how we can understand our vocation and our call to be makers of culture, and we have heard this past Sunday from Father Matt Dampier and Herb Bailey about how we can engage our neighbors around us with the good news of Jesus. This Sunday we will consider Jesus’ call to take this good news to all nations (Luke 24:47).

Christ Church is engaged in this call to be a global witness in various ways. We partner with a number of missionaries who are engaged in long-term, incarnational gospel ministry in Guatemala, Cambodia, Israel-Palestine, the Middle East, South Asia, Indonesia, and the US-Mexico border.  Many individual parishioners have also been involved in ministries around the world, and we often send short-term missionaries off with prayer in our services.

In addition to direct missionary support, we also have two strategic global partnerships: one with Potter’s House in Guatemala and another with the Anglican Church of Cambodia.  For many years, we have been sending summer teams to work alongside our Guatemalan brothers and sisters at Potter’s House in serving the poorest of the poor. (You’ll get a chance to hear more about Potter’s House this Sunday.) And we have sent several teams over the years to work with our Cambodia partners who are incarnating the gospel in a nation that is less than 2% Christian, including a few teams that have led guided spiritual retreats for weary ministry workers.

More recently, we have had an opportunity to engage with Abara, a ministry situated at the El Paso / Ciudad Juárez border. Through their Border Encounter trips, Abara is helping the American church to consider first-hand the complex realities at the border and what role we might be called to play in loving the immigrant. We are in the beginning stages of making plans to send teams of Christ Church parishioners on Border Encounter trip in the coming months.

If you would like to be informed about Christ Church’s global ministry happenings, email our Missions Team. Also let us know if you are involved in any other avenues of gospel proclamation around the world—we would love to hear about it!

Wes Crawford