"Glocal Mission" is a catch pharse of Mission Director Pastor David Kim. It's not a new concept but something is already reflected in Matt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. GLOCAL is a fusion of two word: GLOBAL and LOCAL. Glocal Mission simply means that REACHING the unreached with the Gospel and MAKING disciples of all nations LOCALLY and GLOBALLY.
Some churches focus only on domestic/local missions while some other churches only overseas/international missions. However, Kim believes the biblical mandate and God's desire is not only going to ALL tongues, tribes and nations, but making disciples of all nations/people right next door.
With a stunning amount of ethnic diversity, North America is one of the largest missions fields in the world. In fact, in our very own cities we have massive mission fields.
"The mission field is right where we're living," said Kim, "in our own backyards."
Kim raised a Congolese/Pan-African congregation as an example of how we can accomplish GLOCAL Mission.
"By partnering and reaching Congolese people at home in Houston, they themselves can take the Gospel back to their home countries to their own language group," he said.
On July 22nd, Pastor Kim visited the Congolese church to celebrate a year's worth of mission in the city.
The church began last year with 25 members and was looking for a place to worship. Working with LINC, Pastor Austin Tshibangu and his congregation were able to partner with Rev. Bauer and Pilgrim Lutheran Church to have a consistent facility to offer worship services in. Now, God has blessed them with growth as 96 people worship there on Sundays.
Kim said, "It's so fun and easy to reach and make disciples of ALL nations RIGHT here and RIGHT now utilizing God's given resources to His church."
"You don't have to speak their languages," said Kim, "our role is to facilitate and resource and their job is reaching their own people and making disciples as missionaries."
For LINC Houston and Pastor Kim, all of this is considered possible because, as Kim said, "our God is a GLOCAL Missionary God."