Mission Fest 2021 is a celebration of all God is doing through Christ Church’s global and domestic mission partners. Every day this week, we're updating our site with compelling new video content from our partners, along with specially crafted engagement guides. Each day's content, which you'll find below, is perfect to explore with a small group, your family, or on your own! Scroll down to discover what these vital Kingdom partners can teach us about living on mission here, near and far. Want to be notified when new Missions content becomes available? Subscribe here.
Jean Baptiste Mugarura | Youth for Christ Rwanda
Carlos Calderon | Partners International
From Left: Pastor Dan Meyer, Carlos Calderon, Pastor Jean Baptiste Mugarura, Pastor Tara Beth Leach
For this very special session, two of our esteemed global mission partners share their impressions of today's missions and ministry climate.
Carlos Calderon serves as Vice President of International Ministries at Partners International, directing the work of the organization's many indigenous ministry partners.
Jean Baptiste Mugarura serves as National Director of Youth for Christ of Rwanda and has helped bring the Gospel to over 500,000 children in the wake of that country's devastating genocide in 1994.
Hosting the session: Rev. Dr. Daniel Meyer, Christ Church's Senior Pastor, and Pastor of Missional Life Tara Beth Leach, who join our global partners for a fascinating discussion of the American church, the global church, and how the two can partner more effectively to address the needs of a shifting cultural landscape.
Domestic Mission Partner | Villa Park, Illinois
Ministry Passion: Transforming Communities
Download and print the Resilient Engagement Guide here!
Resilient is a Christian Community Development organization born from the missions ministry of Christ Church as part of the "Take Root" initiative. Launched into independence as its own 501(C)3 in 2018, Resilient provides opportunities for youth and families in pockets of suburban poverty just minutes from Christ Church’s two campuses.
Resilient envisions a community where all children gain self-worth and thrive despite challenging circumstances. Their in-school mentoring programs come alongside and support elementary and high school students. And their new “Upstart” program connects non-college-bound students with professional mentors, helping them learn the skills required to seek a rewarding, lucrative career in the construction trades — with unique opportunities to enter a trade apprenticeship program.
Resilient also supports adults with computer and literacy classes and offers free “Thursday Night Family Meals” for community members in need.
Global Mission Partner | Malawi, Africa
Ministry Passion: Transforming Communities
Download and print the VIP Engagement Guide here to engage with your family or small group!
Villages in Partnership serves the people of Malawi, Africa, one of the most impoverished countries on Earth. The problems Malawi faces are complex and inter-connected. Of the country’s 18.5 million people, there are 1 million orphans. Almost 50% of the population is moderately or severely underweight, and 10% of the adult population is living with HIV/AIDS. Where extreme poverty exists, hopelessness and despair define daily life.
VIP has developed an enduring partnership with the people of Sakata, Malawi. After meeting with villagers to understand their needs, VIP then mobilizes Western support to provide resources and expertise. But rather than offering a handout, VIP collaborates with the village to build solutions. Once a project is completed, the village takes ownership, uplifting the entire community.
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Domestic Mission Partner | Chicago Suburbs
Ministry Passion: Lifting Women & Children
PARENTAL NOTE: The work of Reclaim13 involves disturbing realities that may be too explicit for younger viewers. Parents, please watch this video first to determine if your child is ready to learn about this topic, and be prepared to process it with them. If you'd like assistance in processing this topic with your family, you can speak with a pastor by calling 630.321.3949 or emailing help@ChristChurch.us.
Download and print the Reclaim13 Engagement Guide here to engage with your family or small group!
Reclaim13’s mission is to end the cycle of sexual exploitation. Most trafficked children were sexually abused or neglected or received other forms of maltreatment as children. Reclaim13 intervenes in this cycle and works toward a world where all children can grow up feeling safe and loved.
Reclaim13 works in three areas to help end the cycle of exploitation: Prevention, Healing and Community Engagement. They help survivors of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking find healing at their safe house for minors, their young adult transitional home and in their community mentor program. In all of these programs, Reclaim13 focuses on trauma-informed therapeutic care for holistic healing, so girls with highly traumatized histories can heal and move into productive futures.
Global Mission Partner | Hawaii, International
Ministry Passion: Developing Leaders
Download and print the Haggai International Engagement Guide here to engage with your family or small group!
The core of Haggai International's mission: strategically positioned leaders who are multiplying their influence with one purpose in mind — to end Gospel poverty.
Haggai strives to equip and inspire those leaders to more effectively demonstrate and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ ... and prepare others to do the same, multiplying their Kingdom impact exponentially.
Haggai has equipped over 125,000 leaders in 189 nations who are committed to making disciples. Working solely with those already living, working and serving in the places where Gospel poverty exists, Haggai believes that indigenous leaders possess a distinct advantage in reaching their own people with the Good News.
Domestic Mission Partner, Chicago
Ministry Passion: Relieving Suffering
Download and print the Pacific Garden Mission Engagement Guide here to engage with your family or small group!
Founded in 1877, Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) is the oldest continuously operating Gospel rescue mission in the country. PGM meets the physical needs of Chicago’s homeless and hurting men, women and children 365 days a year — serving 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and sheltering more than 400 people each day.
PGM also nurtures emotional and spiritual well-being through transformational, Christ- focused programs and care that help people discover Jesus, beat addiction, restore families and move toward flourishing. Beyond Chicago, PGM makes an impact for Christ with TV and YouTube programming and the award-winning radio drama, “UNSHACKLED!”
Ministry Passion: Multiplying Churches & Disciples
Download and print the Project Video Engagement Guide here to engage with your family or small group!
Project Video brings the Good News to remote areas of the world where Bibles and Christian resources are unavailable, much of the population is illiterate, and the name “Jesus” has never been heard before. Video and audio can be mass-produced and distributed where even evangelists cannot go. When unreached people encounter the Gospel in their heart language, in their own context, they realize that the Gospel has relevance to their culture and lives.
President: Moody Bible Institute
Sermon begins at 25:10 in video
Mission Fest kicked off with our worship services on May 2 featuring Dr. Mark Jobe, President of Moody Bible Institute. Born the son of missionaries living “in the field” in rural Spain, Dr. Jobe left his village at 17 to attend Moody after being inspired by taped sermons from its preachers. In 1986 he founded New Life Community Church with just 18 believers in Chicagoland. In the years since the church has grown to over 7,000 members in nearly 30 locations across the U.S. and nine cities abroad. Dr. Jobe became Moody Bible Institute’s tenth president in 2019.