If at First…

The old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” applies to Global Gates missionaries as well.

Our Global Gates team in Houston is adopting apartment complexes filled with South Asian Muslims. In one apartment complex, a Global Gates missionary attempted to share the gospel, hoping to start seeker Bible studies. Over a period of five months, he shared the Gospel with 90 percent of the Muslim residents with very little positive results. An often-heard complaint from the Muslims was, “We know that the New Testament has been corrupted!”

May 15 GG photoDepressing, yes, but not the end of the story. Rather than shaking the dust from his feet, this Global Gates missionary prayed for new insights and set out again.

With fellow team members, they returned to the same apartment complex and knocked on 60 doors in one evening, but this time with a different appeal. Rather than dispute or argue the Muslims’ perception of the New Testament, the missionaries said, “We want all Muslims to know an uncorrupted New Testament is available.”

The results were amazing. Four Muslim families agreed to host a weekly Bible study in their homes. Adjusting the appeal yet again, “How can we pray for you and your family?” The apartment complex now has 15 Muslims professing Jesus as Lord and Savior!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Prayer, Prayer, Prayer!

In Global Gates prayer is the foundation of all we do, the air we breathe, and the environment in which movements arise. We pray for our family, our people group, our ministry, our partners, and well, everything! Prayer also connects us to and through the global body of Christ to the abundant resources God has entrusted to his people.

Here are two great resources you don’t want to miss.

1)  Global Prayer Digest

The Global Prayer Digest (www.globalprayerdigest.org) is produced monthly by Frontier April 1 - 1Ventures (formerly the U.S. Center for World Missions) in Pasadena, California. Eight months ago, GPD’s editor, Keith Carey, contacted Global Gates with the idea of dedicating the month of May 2017 to feature UPGs in global gateway cities.

Over the past several months, Barbara Curnutt, GG’s Prayer Coordinator, has worked with our missionaries to create prayer profiles for the Digest. The May 2017 edition of Global Prayer Digest is now available. Keith has informed me that he has printed an extra 1,000 copies of the Digest. This would make a great resource to share with your ministry partners. You can contact GPD via their website to place orders.

In addition to their online subscribers, and 2,200 English-language magazine recipients, the Digest has a distribution of 10,000 in Spanish, 20,000 in Korean; and 50,000 in Chinese. Don’t miss this valuable resource!

2)  30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

The 30 Days Prayer Guide (www.30DaysPrayer.com) has galvanized the Christian world in concerts of prayers for Muslims ever since its inception 24 years ago. Today the 30 Days booklet is circulated in more than 40 languages around the world.

April 1 - 2This powerful resource is one of the key contributors to the unprecedented Muslim movements to Christ that we are seeing around the world today. Every year for the past 24 years, a growing number of Christians around the world have joined their ministry partners to pray for Muslims during the Islamic month of Ramadan (this year, May 27-June 5, 2017), when Muslims are seeking a message from God. This year, in addition to online subscribers, more than 100,000 North Americans and hundreds of thousands of additional prayer warriors around the world will participate in this global prayer movement.

You and your church partners can join in this global prayer movement for Muslims. Check out the www.30DaysPrayer.com

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Global Gateway Cities

Global gateway cities are portals, gateways to another world. There was a time when immigrants came to America and had to burn their bridges behind them. They had no choice; there was no way to stay in touch with the homelands from which they came.

In the 21st century, the world is very different. Many immigrants who land in our global gateway cities are on the phone with their relatives “back home” even before they clear customs. The result is that these 21st-century immigrants are virtual gateways back to GG May 1the other side of the world, sharing with them their impressions and discoveries in their new homeland.

Step off the subway into the crowded neighborhoods of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York and you step into another world filled with Yemenis speaking Hasaniya Arabic or Bengalis chattering away in their native Bangla language. Chances are they are on their cell phones talking to family members in faraway lands.

Like the children who passed through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, these modern-day wardrobes are found in our global gateway cities.

Global Gates missionaries are projecting the gospel through these gateways, impacting Palestinians, Saudis, Afghans and other previously unreachable people groups. By reaching them with the gospel here, we are able to transport the gospel witness through global gateway wardrobes to the very ends of the earth.

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

 

Muslim Movements to Christ

You’d never know it from cable news networks, but we are living in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. I don’t make this claim lightly. With a PhD from the University of Chicago in church history, I’m well aware that audacious claims like this are ripe for dismissal.

So when I began a three-year, 250,000-mile odyssey through the Muslim world visiting Muslim movements to Christ, I was concerned that what I was finding might raise more questions than it answered. This journey led me to collect more than a thousand interviews from Muslim-background believers who were parts of movements, each movement with at least a thousand baptized believers. The core question I asked them was, “What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ? Tell me your story.”

Picture1My church history background prompted me to search further, to discover when and where such movements had ever occurred in the 14-century history of Muslim-Christian interaction. What I discovered left me staggered, humbled, amazed.

Looking across 14 centuries, the truth was unavoidable. The 21st century, our century, has seen the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. Despite the tragic news pouring out of the Muslim world today, God is at work. Indeed, “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more” (Romans 5:20).

Global Gates missionaries are seeking to bring this harvest of born-again, baptized Muslims to our global gateway cities. God is at work, and we are seeking to join him in this unprecedented movement of Muslims to Christ.

To learn more, see my book A Wind in the House of Islam. To join in these movements, partner with Global Gates to bring these movements to a Muslim community near you!

DavidGarrison
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

Identity and Gospel

Since we have had the privilege of living and working overseas, we love to interact with people from other cultures. My husband and I like to play a scary game. The rules are complicated. It is called, “name that ethnicity!”

MC PostBefore you go all weird on me, I’ve discovered that people from other ethnicities, now living in a different and powerful culture, have a strong desire for people to know about “where they came from.” It would be like trying to explain to someone about Friday night football in Texas, or shrimp and grits in the low country of South Carolina. There is so much more to ethnicity than a color of skin, or a shape of a forehead. But I digress.

On a recent trip to NYC (I act like we go all the time…. !) we rode a number of cabs, and would SILENTLY try to figure out the ethnicity and culture of the cab driver. Now this is where the rules get sticky. People don’t want to know what YOU think of their ethnicity, they want to share with you the importance THEY see in their ethnicity. So if we could figure out that someone was from Jordan, we would begin to talk about the Middle East and the fun of camping in a Wadi (think Palo Duro Canyon without a stick of vegetation) or if they had been to the shawarma stand at the fifth circle. Then they would begin to gush, reminisce and go on and on about how much they missed their home, their place of identity. We would become fast friends and before long invitations would come asking us to come to their home, share a meal, and meet their family. We couldn’t go, but we often left the exchange with a new friend.

I fear we don’t know or understand our identity. As children of God, we vacillate between being a princess in his kingdom, or becoming Deborah the warrior. And neither of those descriptors get at the heart of living with our identity in Christ. We have decided that if we wear the trappings of the identity, then the identity will be ours. So we’ve dressed in godly Bible studies and activities, and yet live with this angst that we really don’t belong here. In actuality, our identity in Christ says, Whoever you are in the Lord, go, be, rest. Our stance should be to crawl up in our Father’s loving arms and embrace Him so we can become Us. We can never find our identity in the stuff we do, or the things we wear, or the holiness that we seem to exude.

I want to be called for my lack of trust like Sarai. I want to know how to read the times like Esther. I want to be forgiven and faithful like Rahab. I want to see kingdom opportunities like Miriam. I want to be like Rhoda, the servant girl in Acts, who recognized a miracle long before the apostles did. At times I need to be like Hagar, the “thrown out one” who recognized that God was a God who sees, and named Him accordingly. I want to be like Lois in II Timothy 1:5 where she is described as a grandmother in whom faith dwells. All of these women were different. They had different skills, different backgrounds, and different upbringings. But they had in common an encounter with the God who changed them. That shapes our identity.

Yesterday was International Women’s day and I was taken back to my first awareness of the holiday, celebrated in a former communist country. Women were given flowers, typically a yellow inexpensive flower sold by the side of the road, from young boys eager enough to climb a tree, break off the flowers and be persistent enough to jump in front of your car hoping you would give them 10 cents for their effort in picking flowers for you. For that one day, the identity of women was celebrated. (I did laugh at those that said, “for today, strike from work and stay home.” Where DO you think we work!!)

God longs to pick you up, set you on his shoulders and say, “See this world? I’ve created you and I’ve created it. There is brokenness, and some of it will be yours. I heal. There will be abandonment. I redeem. There will be betrayal. I offer you fidelity. There will be a world calling your name. I give you identity.”

Mary Carpenter
A friend of Global Gates

Global Gates Administrative Assistant Needed

Job Description

This person will be joining a team of frontier missionaries seeking to reach the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. The administrative/HR assistant will report directly to the executive director of Global Gates. For a better understanding of Global Gates, visit our website www.GlobalGates.info. The administrative/HR assistant will work under the supervision of the executive director of Global Gates, David Garrison, and assist him in the fulfillment of his role of leading the work of Global Gates. The GG executive director travels extensively from a home base in Colorado Springs and oversees the work of Global Gates in 15 North American cities. Global Gates has no single administrative office, and so functions administratively through phone calls, Skype and Google Hang-out, emails and text messaging. For that reason, this job can be termed a non-residential assignment, meaning the person who fills this role will not need to change their place of residence in order to fill the role. Like all assignments in Global Gates, the administrative/HR assistant will need to raise support necessary to cover his or her own financial needs. For inquiries or to send resumes, write Daniel at dowen@globalgates.info.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Assist the executive director of Global Gates as requested.
  2. Assist the executive director of Global Gates with communication:
    • to Global Gates personnel
    • to Global Gates board of directors
    • to Global Gates ministry supporters
  3. Assist the executive director of Global Gates with scheduled events such as:
    • Training events
    • General and regional gatherings
    • Speaking events
  4. Assist the executive director of Global Gates with travel commitments.
    • Flight bookings
    • Logistical coordination
    • Expenses related to travel events
  5. Assist the executive director of Global Gates with program development.
    • Development of assessment tools
    • Reporting on ministry effectiveness
    • Applications for Foundation support to Global Gates programs.
  6. Assist the executive director of Global Gates with the development of literature aimed at the fulfillment of Global Gates vision to reach the ends of the earth through global gateway cities.
    • Assisting with the development of magazine and journal articles
    • Assisting with the development of books and booklets
    • Assisting with the sending and receiving of literature related to Global Gates vision fulfillment.
  7. Work closely with the Global Gates Operations Officer on Human Resources administration.
    • Assists with prospective candidates assessments, communication, and                     background checks
    • Welcomes new personnel to the organization by providing orientation and assisting with obtaining all new employee paperwork
    • Assists in the development and implementation of the employee handbook             and helps research and maintain personnel policies and procedures
    • Answer personnel questions related employment policies
    • Assists the Operations Officer on employee relations counseling and exit    interviewing
    • Helps maintain compliance with federal, state and local employment and    benefits laws and regulations

Skills Recommended

  1. Familiarity with Microsoft Office products
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Excel
  1. Website management (desired)
    • Familiarity with Facebook
    • Familiarity with WordPress
  2. Social media
    • Familiarity with Facebook
    • Familiarity with other media such as Twitter
  3. Writing and editing skills
  4. Communication and interpersonal skills – both written and orally
  5. Organizational skills
  6. Confidentiality

 

 

Profile of a 4th Soil Person

The feeling of inadequacy torments cross-cultural missionaries. As a result, we focus time on equipping ourselves: becoming adept at language, understanding culture, learning how to present coherent evangelistic messages, etc. These efforts are necessary but time-consuming–so much so that missionaries have trouble advancing the mission beyond their own efforts.

Effective cross-cultural missionaries, however, have a knack for raising up, finding, and/or developing indigenous missionaries. Kevin Greeson, our Finding Fourth Soil Team Leader in Texas, has been used by God to identify and come alongside “fourth-soil people” (a Parable of the Sower reference in which some ground produces a hundredfold) whose ministries have led thousands of Muslims to Christ. Below, he lists biblical and extra-biblical characteristics he has observed in effective indigenous missionaries.

What do you need to stop or start doing to find fourth-soil people?

Characteristics of a 4th Soil Person:

  • They are saved.
  • They successfully pass through persecution.
  • Are generous (Good and noble combined = generous*) and not lovers of money
  • Not consumed or overwhelmed with the cares of the world
  • They attempt to produce 100 fold of fruit (souls).

Additional extra-biblical characteristics:

  • They tell their oikos (community) about Jesus.
  • Have sin in their lives. They come up from hell, not drop down out of heaven. Messy people.
  • Their vision is often bigger (passionate) or more focused than yours for their community. Their heart beats for their oikos.
  • Assume ownership for a large block or segment of people. You will hear their sense of ownership in their prays, “MY PEOPLE need salvation . . .,” or “MY PEOPLE are believing a lie.”
  • Their security level makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • When they are first saved, they are hot and ready for action.
  • They seem to have a plan for their people that exceeds your own.

 

 

Looking Back and Ahead

January was named for the two-faced Roman character Janus. With one face Janus looked back and with the other he looked forward. January is a good time for us to look back at 2016 and forward to 2017.

janus

Two-faced Janus

For 2016 we rejoice at God’s goodness! Global Gates doubled in size in 2016! We now have missionaries among the world’s least-reached peoples in 16 global gateway cities including the gateway cities of Bangkok and Toronto.

More importantly, 2016 saw first-fruit breakthroughs with in each major non-Christian people group: Hindu, Buddhist, Orthodox Jew, and Muslim. We celebrate these breakthroughs knowing it is tougher to get from zero to one than from one to a thousand.

Looking to 2017, we are excited at the challenge before us. God has orchestrated a global fruit basket turnover unparalleled in human history. The UN reports that the number of persons who have left their country of origin reached nearly a quarter billion in 2016, an increase of more than 41% since 2000. With 54 million immigrants, the US remains the world’s premier migrant destination.

Many of these immigrants come from lands with little or no gospel witness. Imagine! God loves these people so much, that He brought them to us so we can reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

This is the challenge and opportunity facing Global Gates in 2017. We will deploy, train, and coach more missionaries, distribute more Bibles and Jesus Films, mobilize more churches for prayer and partnership, and – by the grace of God – see more new believers added to Christ’s kingdom.

By God’s grace, this is possible through your prayers, your sacrificial gifts, and your ministry partnership. Thank you for charging with us into 2017!

DavidGarrison
David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

An Open Door

“See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8).

 The world is on the move! The United Nations reports that the number of international migrants — persons who have left the country where they were born — reached 244 million in 2015, an increase of 71 million (41 per cent) since 2000.[1]

Never before in history have there been as many people on the move as there are today. And they are coming to us. North America alone has received 54 million of these international immigrants. Europe has received even more with 76 million.

What does all of this mean? What if we could reach the ends of the earth – the world’s least reached people groups – right here at home? What if God opened a door for us to reach untold millions of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists righdg-handst here in our own cities and towns? This is the open door that God has set before us.

How will we respond? Global Gates believes it is God’s vision for us to reach the ends of the earth through the people groups He has brought to our global gateway cities. Global Gates’ aim is to plant multiplying Christ-centered, Bible-believing churches among every unreached people group now found in our own open-access, global gateway cities, and through these people groups to reach the very ends of the earth from which they come.

Today’s great human migration has presented us with an unparalleled opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission. In 2016 Global Gates missionaries saw new believers in Jesus Christ from every major non-Christian people group. By ministering to these people groups in North America we have also seen the first churches planted among these unreached peoples in their homelands overseas.

At Global Gates we believe that these migrations are no accident, but that God is orchestrating them to advance His Kingdom. Acts 17 says, “From one man God made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:26-27).

Global Gates missionaries are now ministering in 16 cities across North America, and we expect this number to more than double in the next few years. We have already seen that unlike previous generations of immigrants, today’s migrants are remaining connected to their homelands. This is new. Through Skype, telephone, and Internet access – something that was unthinkable just two decades ago – these immigrants remain in daily contact with their families back home. As we reach them here, they are sharing the good news with family and friends on the other side of the world.

God has indeed set before us “an open door” to the very ends of the earth. Global Gates missionaries are seizing the day – reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities – and boldly walking through the door that God has opened.

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[1]http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/publications/populationfacts/docs/MigrationPopFacts20154.pdf

DavidGarrison
David Garrison
Director, Global Gates

 

Global Gates Under Donald J. Trump?

The results are in. We have a new President-Elect. What does this mean for Global Gates? How will this impact Global Gates in the days ahead?

Whether America builds a wall or enacts new immigration restraints, the reality of hundreds of thousands of unreached people groups that God has brought to global gateway cities dtremains one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

In the wake of Thanksgiving, Global Gates has so much for which to be thankful. God is richly blessing our gospel outreach around the world. We are far from satisfied, but continued to look in faith to what will be in the years ahead. We are thankful to our Global Gates Ministry Partners without whom this work would not be possible.

As we look back on the recent national elections, many of us held strong views drawn from deep moral convictions. Understandably not everyone in the Global Gates family shared the same positions or made the same decisions. But as we move forward, we want to underscore our shared vision: reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities.

Our vision is grounded in Christ’s Great Commission and so remains true regardless of who presides in Washington. Our vision is not under Democrats or under Republicans, but under God. Our vision of engaging every one of the world’s least, last, lost peoples honors God and participates in His grand design for all of creation. How we get there will not always be in the same ways. But as a wise man once said, “We don’t have to see eye to eye to walk side by side.”

Global Gates missionaries are walking side by side on a pathway that leads to heaven. Our vision is to bring as many men, women, and children with us as possible. Your support of Global Gates is making this vision a reality, and a joy.

DavidGarrison
David Garrison
Director, Global Gates