Have you ever wondered how to reach out to your neighbors, especially as people from all around the world are moving into our local neighborhoods? Bob Rasmussen (OC-USA’s director) and Daniel Dow of Seattle have developed a course Ministering in a Multicultural World with a focus on our cities and the many and varied peoples that live in them now. God has brought the world to our doorstep, but we often are unaware of how we might engage our new neighbors. This course equips local believers to see and to interact with them.
Colorado Springs sessions – February-March 2014
The course is being adapted in Colorado Springs under the name, Loving the Other: Ministering in our Multicultural City. The core team planning the course is multi-organizational, involving Steve Spaulding and Hank and Cathy Pott of OC, as well as gifted members of the YWAM’s local Y360 team and First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs.
Leaders from various mission agencies and churches that have a heart for Colorado Springs will be the weekly teachers. In the final week, teams will find new avenues to reach into our city as well as joining in with projects already underway to find the lost and help the found. The seven-week course subjects include:
- God’s heart for the nations
- Understanding other cultures
- Who are our neighbors?
- Race & Reconciliation
- Making friends across cultures
- Sharing your faith across cultures
- Multicultural church & mission: what’s next?
Dates and Cost
The course will be held on Thursday evenings in February and March 2014, at a location downtown to make it more accessible to a broader diversity of the church in Colorado Springs. Early bird registrants (until Jan 15) will pay $99 for these seven full evenings of training and including snacks. After that the cost will be $119. The core team is praying that those who cannot attend will consider partially or fully sponsoring an international who might wish to come but cannot afford to do so. To register, please go to the website at www.y360.org/lto. Also, for more details, click on the postcard image above.
Please pray with us that this course will express the heart of God, and that he will help us to find ways of ministering in our multicultural city. We invite and covet your prayers as we prepare and execute the course and what might develop out of it.
For those of you not in the Springs, this course is available in other states through our OC-USA team. Read more information in this article on the OC-USA website, Ministering in a Multi-Cultural World.