It was a privilege to meet my small group this afternoon, four out of the five were there today, let me tell you a little about them:

  • Alexis works in the Honduras with a Christian charity linking between local communities, churches, NGOs and the government.
  • Cynthia is a GP in Canada who has a real heart to minister to patients but also a big passion for young adults.
  • Daniel runs a ministry in Serbia which started just before the civil war in the former Yugoslavia – he now has responsibility for four churches, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and works heavily with the homeless.
  • Greg is President of a large mission agency in America with over 900 missionaries in nearly 100 countries.

Daniel also gave amazing testimony of his son being born with cancer to the kidneys, and after one was taken out, the second time his son was anointed with oil by his church elders his son was miraculously healed.  Even more amazing was hearing how someone he’d never met before knocked on the door, asked to hold Daniel’s son and they said he knew he’d had cancer but he is now healed, when asked where they could get hold of him, the man replied he was just passing through so they wouldn’t be able to get back in touch – Daniel strongly believes that man was an angel.  His son is now in his early twenties and married – praise God!

Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Cape Town 2010: What about suburbia?”

  1. Great and painful truth……. “the UK suburbia is full of apathy and confusion.” Hoping like you, there’s some thinking, solutions and ministry energy given to suburbia in the months and years to come…..

  2. I so agree. I live in suburbia and feel the same tension. My family did better on the mission field in suburban France than we do in the United States. Perhaps it should simply be a clarion call back to the true ministry of hospitality.

  3. JD – Thanks – certainly it’s a key issue for the UK

    Mary – I think hospitality would be a contributing help, but I think there’s something bigger about the church working out how community is done in the 21st century, and then leading Christians in that.

  4. great question chris. i live in suburbia too and the students i work with are all of course suburban. i think we’ve got a ton of potential in the suburbs. for our context specifically, it deals very affluent families, very well educated people, and a high degree of achievement. just with those three ideas – we are sitting on a ton of potential with students to make an impact. that’s part of why i’m motivated to catalyze students here.

    i know two other guys that have done some good thinking with regard to a theology of the suburbs:
    todd hiestand has done some writing on this
    http://www.toddhiestand.com/10-ideas-for-living-missionally-in-the-suburbs/10/

    steve mckoy :
    http://www.stevekmccoy.com/reformissionary/suburbexurb/

    great question.

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