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Get excited about the following opportunities to meet up with us!

-September 12th: If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and you love GCMI or one of our mission catalysts, you should attend our small group coffee!

-September 13th: If you are a young professional and you like cupcakes, you should attend our “Tea and Treats" social!

-September 19th: If you live in the Witchita Falls area and you love GCMI or one of our mission catalysts, you should attend the gathering we are hosting!

If you qualify for any one of these things, please contact Carey Cox Bouchelle at careybouchelle@globalcitymission.org for more information.

-September 14th-18th: In addition to these events, several mission catalysts will be representing GCMI on campus at Lubbock Christian University, Abilene Christian University and Oklahoma Christian University. Don’t hesitate to come say hello!

 

Unexpected Soil by Seth Bouchelle

“They’re always telling me: Jesus hung out with prostitutes and thieves; so I told them they could meet my family,”–this is how my friend Jorge introduced my wife and me at his mother’s memorial. Jorge is a friend with whom we been sharing the gospel for the last twelve months, and he recently invited us to attend his mother’s memorial service in the Bronx. Out of his seven siblings, six have been or still are involved in drug dealing. It has been at least a generation since anyone in the family was active in religion.

When assessing where the gospel might intersect with his life, we started sharing Jesus’ teachings about reconciliation in Matthew 5. Jorge’s family is fractured at many levels, and we thought the most initially accessible message of the gospel might be the idea of reconciling with one’s brother or sister being more appropriate worship than temple sacrifice. However, after a year, we were unsure whether Jorge was a person of peace or not; we could not tell if he was willing to gather his social network to begin hearing the gospel and becoming church. It was when Jorge invited us to speak at his mother’s memorial that we first decided our evangelistic efforts might be bearing real fruit.

Though he didn’t verbally respond to our message about reconciliation for months, he did call up his estranged family to come meet with us, and told them that they had to come to the wake to meet his “pastor friend.” If we had left after a few months of not seeing fruit, we never would have seen Jorge begin reconciling with his family. And if we’d decided that (because of his slow response) he wasn’t a person of peace, we would never have had the chance to share the gospel with his extended household. I guess what I’m learning in ministry is just how much seed sowing it takes to see fruit, and how unexpected the soil is where those seeds sprout. We must be patient and wait on God’s time, and we shouldn’t be too quick to judge where God might grow fruit.

Answered Prayers and New Challenges by Carey Bouchelle

After about six weeks of difficulty meeting up with my Bengali Hindu friend Kala, I received an unexpected voicemail: “Sister, please call me.” It was the first time I had even heard from her in two or three weeks and her tone was urgent. Worried, I called her back immediately. “Hello, Sister? My husband is here! One week. You must come. Next Thursday at nine p.m.—this is okay?”

I was overjoyed. She and I had been working consistently with the embassies in both the U.S and Bangladesh for over nine months to help her husband immigrate. In fact, one of the first times I knew she might be spiritually interested is when she told me that her husband, Mohammed, was doing his interview at the embassy and asked that Seth and I pray it would go well. Kala and I have been meeting weekly for the majority of my time in NYC, and almost every week, she and I would video chat Mohammed. I would tell Bible stories or parables, and Kala would translate them. Then the two of them would visit in Bengali while I smiled and devoured the delicious meal Kala had prepared. She shared early on that Mohammed looked forward to our weekly talks and asked about me if we skipped a week.

After all those months, it was amazing to meet the man from around the world with whom I had been sharing Jesus. I brought my husband with me to Kala’s apartment to meet Mohammed, and they set up a time to practice their English and Bengali together. My hope is that together, the four of us will be able to share Jesus with their larger community, among friends here in the U.S. and among extensive family networks back in Bangladesh. One of the challenges we face, beyond a normal cross-cultural barrier, is a difference in religious background. Mohammed is Muslim and Kala is Hindu—a rare marriage. Pray that we will be able to move beyond these challenges in order to make the way of Jesus more clear to both of them.

 
 
 

A Word From Jaredf

In GCMI, we often ask an important question: "How can we know if our ministry is making an impact?" There are a couple of key early indicators.

One is to ask, "How far is the reach of the Gospel we're proclaiming?" When the seed of God's Word is cast from our city all the way to Bangladesh, China, and various other parts of the world, we celebrate the long reach of the Gospel.

A second key indicator is to ask: "How deep is the reach of the Gospel?" When lives begin to experience transformation and reconciliation due to the influence of the Gospel, we are thrilled with the deep impact of God's Word. Pray with us that the powerful seed of God's Word will push deep into people's hearts and reach far into the nations.

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