We live in a globalized world, where cross-cultural mission is nearer to our doorsteps than ever before, and the ends of the earth don’t seem so far away. Even so, 2 billion people in the world do not have access to the Gospel and many suffer injustices from poverty and war. To reach this world that God loves, we must admit that as a global Church, “We’re in this together!”
We need each other. Churches in the Global South need a witness from the Western church to encourage, pray, and support them as they face challenging local realities. Our churches in North America need a witness from beyond our culture, to help us see and respond to the changing cultural realties in our own communities. When we engage in mission together, we grow and God’s Kingdom flourishes.
The Global Engagement pre-conference will call us connect and commit to global & local mission partnerships that serve to catalyze Kingdom mission in every corner of the world.
Pastor Sameh Hanna is Executive and Associate Pastor at Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church in Cairo, Egypt, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East and the Arab world. Sameh is responsible for KDEC’s ministry teams serving inside the church as well as Missions and the international partnerships
Phill Butler serves as Senior Strategy Advisor with visionSynergy, a ministry specializing in international ministry partnership and network development. Over the last 30 years he has worked in over 70 countries as head, first, of Intercristo, then Interdev. He has written extensively in the field of communications and missions and is author of the book, Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships.
A special Monday evening program will spotlight how local churches can engage with the growing challenges and opportunities for the gospel in welcoming refugees and immigrants. Our pre-conference speakers will be joined by Cindy Wu.
Cindy M. Wu
Cindy M. Wu is a wife and homeschooling mom in Houston, TX. In her “spare time” she enjoys researching and writing on global Christianity and refugees, as well as serving in her community. She is co-author of Our Global Families: Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World (Baker Academic, 2015) and author of A Better Country: Embracing the Refugees in Our Midst (William Carey Library Publishers, June 2017), a resource challenging Christians to respond to the global refugee crisis.