At Great Commission Community Church, our mission is to live out our name by making disciples who are committed to Christ, His community, and His cause. As our mission statement states, an important part of our discipleship is being part of Jesus’ cause here in the DMV region and to the ends of earth.
Here are four ways we participate in Jesus’ cause:
We regularly pray for our family members and friends who do not know Jesus. We also share prayer requests with our local and global partners and pray monthly. We stand next to our partners in intercession as they labor in their gospel work.
We give our resources sacrificially and generously to God’s work in the DMV and overseas. We support and volunteers with our local partners, give toward our district church plants and also towards our Alliance Missions fund.
We go and serve with our local partners through the year. We also send teams to our two overseas partners once a year. We continue to raise up workers to send overseas, who will go to the ends of the earth.
We encourage our local and global partners through prayers, giving and service. Our small groups have adopted international workers in Spain and Cambodia to show continue support and care for them.
Since 2012, Great Commission Community Church has been very active in supporting the work of a team in Spain ministering to North African immigrants. The ultimate goal of the team’s work is to start a new church among this people group, most of whom come from a Muslim background. The team operates in the middle of a town to meet potential people who may be one day interested in forming this new church. The team’s work at this point is mainly focused on meeting felt needs (language training, fellowship, medical and employment help) as well as sharing Jesus in the context of personal relationships.
Enter our Spain Team. They function as an important bridge to the Muslim community in their region. The care is holistic—spiritual conversations and evangelism, but ministering via health, employment, etc. Ministry in this area is slow. There are numerous obstacles that the Spain Team has to break through just to establish trust with a person. We pray for breakthroughs and miracles, but we also pray for steady perseverance as our Spain Team builds trusting relationships with North Africans.
God has brought the Spain team from the ends of the earth to witness to a people group that is also migrating to the ends of the earth. It’s extremely difficult to reach Muslims, period, and many countries are closed. So how do you witness to Muslims if so many countries are closed? You go to where they’re going—and right now Europe is one of the most significant places for that. Hence Great Commission Community Church’s investment in this budding Kingdom movement to bring His people back to Him. We praise God for four North African believers who are already beginning a movement of North African Muslims following Jesus.
We have the privilege of partnering with our Alliance Missionaries in Cambodia. The Alliance has a rich history of ministry within Cambodia. You can find out more about that history here. We are specifically partnering with the work happening in the capital city of Phnom Penh. 80,000 new people are moving into Phnom Penh every year. Almost all of them are under 25 years old, and almost none of them know Jesus Christ. We have been given the opportunity to help support the Urban Ministry Training Center in Phnom Penh. The UMTC is effectively equipping those under 30 to reach their peers for Christ. Other ministry opportunities available to us to support include a thyroid clinic, church planting among unreached people groups, a school for Vietnamese immigrants, and missionary care.
For more information, please contact Pastor Jonathan Thornton.
One of our values is to bring about greater realities of God’s kingdom here in the DMV region. Instead of creating our own ministries to achieve this, we have decided to come alongside Godly local organizations and support their amazing work in this area. We encourage our people to support them through volunteering and giving financially.
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