Sunday morning, as part of our series on the Identity and Vision of Highland Park, I preached from Acts 1:1-8 on the church “pursuing the mission of God.” In Jesus’ commission to His followers (v. 8), he tells them that they will be His witnesses locally (in Jerusalem), regionally (Judea and Samaria), and globally (the remotest part of the earth).
At Highland Park, we have been consciously striving to increase our “missional footprint” in all of those areas (local, regional, global). For this post, I want to focus on the global aspect of Highland Park’s vision for missions.
Last year, we launched our Global Mission Engagement (GME) strategy, a three-phase plan that culminates in multifaceted partnerships between Highland Park and international missionaries/peoples for the sake of advancing the kingdom of God globally. Phase One of our strategy, the Identification Phase, is now complete. Through much prayer, research, a series of providentially arranged events, and conversations, Highland Park has identified Brazil as the area of the world where we want to form partnerships for mission work for the sake of being witnesses for Jesus Christ globally, according to Jesus’ words in Acts 1:8.
We are now embarking on Phase Two of our GME strategy, Communication and Support. I look forward to conversations and connections between Highland Park and missionaries already on the ground in Brazil as we learn about specific needs and projects that we can specifically support through giving and prayer during this phase of our GME strategy.
Please continue to pray for the progress of Highland Park’s GME strategy for global missions as we establish and deepen our partnership with missionaries and indigenous Brazilian peoples for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ!