MISSIONS


Stories From Skid Row: Angela’s Story

After Angela and her four children were evicted from their apartment, they were reduced to sleeping in the metro station. An officer noticed and referred them to Union Rescue Mission. LETTER FROM REV ANDY BALES, CEO UNION RESCUE MISSIONIn Los Angeles, women and children make up 40% of all people experiencing homelessness. This is unacceptable. Angela’s story is representative of the 215 single mothers and children who currently reside at Hope...

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‘Shooting Heroin’ On Mission To Be Real, Show Redemption, Avoid Sugar-Coating

Spencer T Folmar has a clear mission when making his movies, including “Shooting Heroin,” the one he begins filming on this week — they must be real, show redemption, and not be sugar-coated. BY ALEX MURASHKO This article is the conclusion of a two-part interview with Folmar, who is a filmmaker and TogetherLA contributing writer. In this part of the interview (below), he shares more about walking the line between Faith...

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God’s Call To Love Our City: Babylon, Nineveh, or New Jerusalem

When you think about creation and God’s original intent for mankind, what do you envision? Does your mind immediately fill with images of wide open spaces filled with beautiful creatures living in perfect harmony and free from the busyness, noise, and clutter that comes with urban living? BY TOMMY LEE RESOURCE GLOBAL It is easy to think of the Garden of Eden as the ideal dwelling place, but it is just as...

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True Identity: We are Strangers In a Foreign Land

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners. BY ED STETZER As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity. Don’t get me wrong. We ought to love our church. (I know I love my church.) And the Church (with capital C) is...

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Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually

In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. By ED STETZER During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn the selling of indulgences. During the late 1700s, it inspired William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift...

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Mission Trips of a Different Kind: Diving Into the World’s Financial Districts

Thinking about mission trips to impoverished countries as about only reaching the poor is a thing of the past, says Resource Global visionary and leader Tommy Lee. Editor’s Note: Tommy Lee played a key role in the Together LA 2015 conference, facilitating and hosting an amazing list of speakers and organizations. The reality is that many of these same countries where Christians went out in multitudes to share the gospel in...

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Salvation Army So Cal: Not Just Bell Ringers and Thrift Shops [VIDEO]

The Salvation Army in Southern California is active in the community through more than just bell ringers and retail stores. The Salvation Army’s mission encompasses providing goods and services to those in need, from the Zahn Emergency Shelter to the Westwood Transitional Village to the Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center. These facilities, our Corps, and our programs address homelessness, addiction, poverty and more without discrimination. To learn more, contact your local...

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One Voice Student Missions Hosts Vision Casting Valley Summit

One Voice Student Missions is inviting pastors, youth leaders, business partners and anyone who has a heart for sowing into the next generation to Together: The Valley Summit, a vision casting gathering planned for Saturday (9/16). Organizers say those in attendance will hear how high schools are being impacted and be given a chance to “be a part of the history making.” “By the grace of God, One Voice Student...

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Disaster Relief Revelation In USA TODAY: Churches Don’t Just Hold Bake Sales

“It is impossible to keep your faith to yourself. What you believe impacts what you do,” Tim Keller shared on Twitter with a link to a USA TODAY revelation that churches provide the bulk of disaster relief in coordination with FEMA. I’ve got news for USA TODAY: the enormous disaster relief efforts we’ve seen recently, and at most times in general, are provided by Christians, whether in churches, organizations, mission...

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Harvey Relief Efforts By Samaritan’s Purse and Salvation Army Intensify

Samaritan’s Purse and Salvation Army said their ongoing Harvey disaster relief efforts in Texas have intensified following news on Monday that Houston was again pummeled by rain as the devastating storm stalled over the region. Samaritan’s Purse is building a volunteer team and taking sign-ups. Harvey is reported to have submerged countless homes and businesses, turning freeways into rivers and prompting thousands to plead for help. Also, on Monday, the National...

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