Thursday, November 7, 2013

From Paul to Barnabas by Chris Clayman


Many of us in pioneer missions have a temperament and focus akin to Paul. We want to be on the front lines--sharing Christ on the frontier and not on a foundation laid by someone else (Rom 15:20). While I certainly seek to continue living in this way, I have noticed a shift over the last year or so in the role God wants me, and many like me, to play.

In Acts 11, the story is told of a a movement of God outside the main Christian stream of the time. A church was started in Antioch and it was largely made up of non-Jews. The Jerusalem church heard about this Gentile movement and sent Barnabas to check it out. He was pleased at what he saw and exhorted them to stay faithful. With his credentials, knowledge, and experience, he could have remained in that movement and been the key figure. Instead, he immediately went to Tarsus where there was a diaspora Jew named Paul (who was outside of the mainstream Jerusalem church activities himself), and took him back to Antioch to train the people. Later, Barnabas and Paul were sent out from Antioch, and the incredible feats recorded in Acts of God's work through Paul ensued.

When we think about Acts we think about Paul and not Barnabas, but it was Barnabas that was used by God to identify and encourage the person who had the calling, gifts, and proximity of culture to be effective in ministry among the unreached peoples of the time. Without Barnabas, we wouldn't have the great stories of God's work through Paul.

I am a white guy from Texas. Although I have gone to great lengths to learn culture, language, and how to be effective in sharing Christ with African Muslims, most likely a movement would never take place among these people with me being the key figure. I need to be more Barnabas than Paul--to see where God is working among the least-reached, encourage those beginning to walk with Christ, and identify, connect, and work behind those workers that will be most effective in fanning the flame God has started (which will most often be found within the Muslim-background community itself). As much as I have the desire to be on the front lines, God has been painfully showing me that the role I need to be playing more of is that of a connector, mobilizer, catalyzer, identifier, and trainer of those who are to be on the front lines.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sifting Weeks NYC 2013

Volunteers will come to New York and be trained in meeting people on the street, sharing their testimony and the gospel with them, and being able to tell if the person is a person of peace.  This is a very strategic role that you will play as we sift through many people in the city to find those the Holy Spirit is at work in.  These ‘Sifting Weeks’ are very strategic as we seek to bring the gospel to unreached peoples here in the city.  For information and dates on ‘Sifting Weeks’ NYC 2013 see below. 



Contact Brad at siftingweek@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cityreaching Movements Training

Everyone in Metro New York is well aware of the diversity of the city, but how would it be possible to reach an entire city full of different population segments and ethnic groups? The Cityreaching Movements Training will address how to multiply disciples by starting with our own personal devotion to Christ, and then through methods that have been used by God around the world to multiply disciples and churches in diverse settings.

The training will be facilitated by Brad Wall and Chris Clayman and is suitable for any follower of Christ longing to see God do more in and around them.

The date is April 6, 2013 from 10am - 4pm at the South Asian Center, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave, 2nd Floor.  The Training is FREE but registration is required (limited space available). Click here to register for Cityreaching Movements Training.








Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hispanics engaging Muslims with Christianity in NYC


Over 800,000 Muslims reside in New York City and several million Hispanics. Most Muslims work between 70-80 hours a week and the most exposure they have to Christians is happening at the workplace where they are working alongside Hispanic Christians. Because the culture is so similar between Hispanics and Muslims a lot of the barriers are removed.

Many Hispanics are embracing Islam and you can even find a Hispanic mosque in Harlem but at the same time many Hispanics are intermarrying and are using this as one opportunity to share the Gospel. As a result many Muslims are investigating Christianity.

More Hispanics are needed to reach out to Muslims in Metro NY. Listen to this short video with Chris Clayman subtitled in Spanish.


Please click here if the video doesn't play http://bit.ly/UQuMse.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sifting Weeks NYC 2013

Volunteers will come to New York and be trained in meeting people on the street, sharing their testimony and the gospel with them, and being able to tell if the person is a person of peace.  This is a very strategic role that you will play as we sift through many people in the city to find those the Holy Spirit is at work in.  These ‘Sifting Weeks’ are very strategic as we seek to bring the gospel to unreached peoples here in the city.  For information and dates on ‘Sifting Weeks’ NYC 2013 see below.  


Contact Brad at siftingweek@gmail.com.