“I was challenged, spiritually invigorated, and encouraged.”
These are the words of Maigan. Maigan is a young, passionate student who attended Global Interaction’s Strategic Mission Week alongside over 100 cross-cultural workers, candidates and people interested in discerning how God might be calling them to make a difference across the world. The course explored the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of cross-cultural mission through a combination of teaching, discussion time and real-world stories from mission practitioners serving in different contexts.
COVID-19 presented a unique opportunity to run this course entirely online. This format, which included interactive Zoom sessions, breakout rooms and reflection times, made it accessible to people all across the country and world. Over the week, participants gathered to grapple with topics including the foundation of mission, contextualisation, the power of stories and practical ways we can care for God’s creation.
Lachie, a participant who attended Strategic Mission Week for the first time, shared, “I never particularly thought of myself as a person who was ‘called’ to mission. However, after attending this week, my understanding of mission has been completely flipped on its head. I now see that I am called to be a part of God’s bigger story and I’m inspired to find practical ways to step out and make a difference.”
This statement, alongside feedback from other participants, reminds us that we are part of a bigger story. God is inviting us to partner with Him in His mission both in Australia and globally. The reality is that in today’s world there are still millions of people who face cultural, linguistic and geographical barriers that prevent access to the Gospel in ways that make sense to them. However, through God’s provision and the faithful partnership of cross-cultural teams and supporters of Global Interaction, we have seen faith communities emerge all over the world and new believers explore how they can follow Jesus within their cultural context.
Global Interaction will be running Strategic Mission Week from 18 – 22 January, 2021. The course is planned to be held in Melbourne, however, will be run online if necessary. For those who are interested in finding out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.