As God’s people we are growing daily in the abundant life Jesus came to bring us (Jn.10.10). We also know that God commands us to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6.8) and that as we serve the least of these (orphan, widow, stranger) among us, we are serving Jesus (Matthew 25.34-39). And, Jesus commanded each of us to make disciples of all nations, to share the hope within us as we love and serve (Mt. 28.19-20).
What does all of this mean for us here in the Triangle? Did you know that there are over 160,000 newcomers (foreign born people) living in the Triangle…and that within a generation, nearly 1 million newcomers will live among us? God is working!
How do we each find our place and lead our friends, family and church to live in response to the gospel among the newcomer neighbors God is giving us? The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is an association that seeks to inspire, train and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.
On Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sat, March 15, World Relief is offering a 2 part Intensive training. Part 1 provides a context for understanding the opportunity. Part 2 will allow you to share a meal with and interact with the newcomer community. If you are passionate about missions, serving or being a part of God’s plan here in the Triangle, we invite you to come: learn and see. This intensive will equip you with healthy, practical ways to serve the newcomer community, and help you mobilize your church.
- Understand the Biblical foundations for Christian Community Development
- Gain a basic understanding of the 8 Key Components
- Begin identifying some of the practical implications for our ministries when we implement Christian Community Development
- Understand and apply the contextualization of CCD in our new immigrant communities
The class will be taught by Greg Ijiwola, founder and Lead Pastor of The CityLight Church in Chicago, IL, and Dawnielle Miller, Executive Director and co-founder of Casa Chirilagua in Alexandria, VA.
Registration is required, so go to http://www.ccda.org/events/intensives/event/101