Jesus told us to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). The Christian and Missionary Alliance was built on this foundational command and has lived it out since the 1800s. Our founder, A.B. Simpson, said that The Christian and Missionary Alliance "stands particularly for the great work of world-wide evangelization." He deemed it "our supreme trust."
In particular, he said that the C&MA "aims to reach the most neglected fields, to avoid the beaten tracks of other laborers, to press on to the regions beyond and instead of building upon another man’s foundation to preach the Gospel where Christ has not been named."
Jesus motivates us to go, to live on mission, aiming to be a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused movement. With approximately 250 International Workers spanning the globe, more than 40% of are in countries that closed their doors to traditional missionaries long ago. These countries are now referred to as Creative Access Countries. Each area in our global regions (Caribbean Sun, Desert Sand, Silk Road and Asian Spice) has a broad range of both physical and spiritual needs that intertwine in the lives of those who live there.
Everyone is born with physical and spiritual needs. Our churches send people to live on mission as International Workers who serve in one of our four Global Ministry Tracks: Church Planting, Justice & Compassion, Marketplace and Worker Support.
International Workers live in almost every setting imaginable, from rural sustenance communities to high energy urban streets, in countries that protect freedom of expression and those that suppress it.
Our workers are respectfully immersed in other cultures, living, loving and doing life with them. When local people become leaders who will disciple more people to follow Jesus, as has happened hundreds of times throughout decades, our workers step aside and look for other corners of the world where God will use them again.
There is a cost. Financing workers is an important part of living on mission.
The Global Advance Fund (GAF) is the way we take the vision and hope and make it tangible. To give to the GAF right now, online, so that people who may never have encountered Jesus will know his hope, click here.