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I Want This City

"I Want This City" is a 13-part television series filmed in Bangkok. Pastor Doug Venn crosses the city by water taxi, motorcycle taxi and tuk tuk as he plans events, nurtures church plants, and reaches out in shopping malls and slums. The series reveals the vastness of the work remaining to be done in major cities, and the painful correlation between mission giving and resources for serving least-reached communities. "I Want This City" is fun, unconventional, and moving. Show it to your church and inspire them to get involved in reaching cities for Christ.

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Tentmakers: Working Outside the Box

by Homer Trecartin, courtesy Adventist Review

"Some years ago an Adventist couple in Atlanta, Georgia, felt a growing burden to work for the thousands of people who lived in a low-income housing project. The conviction that they had to move there with their children became stronger and stronger.

"But as they planned their move, the couple discovered that they earned too much money to live in the project’s government-subsidized housing. In a simple yet transparent way, that family’s answer to God’s call was a replication of the eternal mystery of Jesus’ own incarnation: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling [literally, “tented” or “tabernacled”] among us” (John 1:14).

"The family quit their well-paying jobs, took lower-paying positions, sold their middle-class house, and moved into the projects. They began visiting their neighbors, organizing community cookouts, arranging games and activities for neighborhood kids. They were tentmakers."

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The "It's Time" Document

The "It's Time" document is foundational to the Mission to the Cities initiative. It was developed at the 2013 It's Time: Urban Mission Conference, where church leaders adopted the vision and goals which were later outlined in the document. It explains the importance or quickly reaching cities, and describes how to get involved.

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"Mission to the Cities" Comprehensive Urban Evangelism

General Conference President, Ted Wilson, calls members to reach the cities

"Jesus was being honored on His triumphal entry to the city. He and the large crowd of people were outside of that ancient capital of Israel. As they came to the crest of the hill overlooking the city, Jesus stopped. There was Jerusalem in all its glory reflecting the light of the declining sun. . . "

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"Baby, I Don't Fly": Facing the Challenges of the Cities

by Gary Krause, courtesy Adventist Review

"Today more than 500 cities have populations of more than 1 million people, and these cities are social and economic powerhouses, generating more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product.

"Now consider the Adventist populations in these cities. On average, there’s one Seventh-day Adventist congregation for every 89,000 people. Forty-five of these cities have fewer than 10 Adventists; 43 have no Adventist congregations."

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