GROWING THE GOSPEL
“in their own way, small or otherwise, they can make a change.”
“Then he said to his disciples, `The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’.” Matthew 9:37-38
Visit Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi…
It is also written: “Then Jesus said, ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…’” Matthew 28:19-20
CityReach exists to take the Church’s influence and the gospel into other communities and nations.
At the core of CityReach is a dedicated leadership team, which coordinates trips that congregants sign up for. Recent trips include visiting places as diverse as Mozambique, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Malawi, with several international trips due to take place in 2017. These trips have a duration of a week to 10 days. We also plan to roll out a total of 12 mission trips within 12 months. Most of these will be weekend trips across the border to neighbouring countries.
Locally, we are involved with Turning Point, a ministry which reaches out to the homeless in the Durban CBD, bringing many things to these bereft individuals – not least of which is hope. And in Hillcrest we have a team that reaches out to those who stand daily in our streets looking for jobs.
With a quiet smile, Peter-James states that he sees CityReach as nothing less than a vehicle for the Church to mobilise – and for members to see that in their own way, small or otherwise, they can make a change.
As this big bearded man notes, with such overwhelming need surrounding us in every sphere, both spiritually and materially, it’s easy to become immobilised with negativity.
“CityReach is an excellent platform for people to get involved,” says Peter-James who has been plugged into the life of CityHill since early 2012, shortly after relocating from Johannesburg.
“My hope for CityReach is that it will continue to be a vehicle for Church expansion, and among other things we see it as helping people feel whether God is, for instance, stirring their heart to plant Churches.”