Jesus tells his disciples in his last moments on earth,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus spoke these words over 2,000 years ago, yet the Church is still responsible to be carrying out this command today. So how do we respond in the twenty-first century? What does the Great Commission look like in our different cities and cultures? Urban Fire is attempting to answer this question.
Urban Fire is a new ministry team that is forming in Calgary, Alberta with a vision to disciple First Nations youth in the city. The new team is being formed from new missionaries, all of whom have previously been a part of InterAct’s EnGage! summer internship in Canada.
For years First Nations youth have been moving away from their reserves and into the city. Transition between reserve life and city life can oftentimes be extremely challenging. Many have limited experience in urban environments, have dealt with trauma, cultural tension, and other hardships. And for many, homesickness can overwhelm and discourage their goals and dreams. Without support, these challenges have the potential to cause hurt and isolation, which can lead to issues such as addiction, homelessness, sexual exploitation, and crime.
Urban Fire’s mission is to disciple First Nation young adults by helping them to grow in Christ and become consistent in their walk with Jesus. This is accomplished in the context of everyday life, and by helping meet practical needs such as providing a safe community, affordable housing, educational support, and job training. The Urban Fire team seeks to shape and guide all areas of the young adult’s life, giving them the necessary tools and support they need for faithful and healthy living.
Urban Fire wants to take a whole-life approach to discipling First Nations youth, much in the same way that Jesus did with His disciples. Jesus came to walk, talk, eat, and live with his disciples, teaching them in the context of life as he walked alongside them. As the Lord opens doors of opportunity, it’s the team’s prayer that these discipled youth will take what they have been given and go out to extend the kingdom with others in the First Nations community.
How You Can Pray
- Pray for the First Nations believers who will be the first participants in Urban Fire.
- Pray for the missionaries that are coming together from different parts of North America for this one vision, that they will be united by the Spirit of God.
- Pray that the vision of this team will bear fruit, that young people will break generational cycles and begin godly legacies for their families through the power of Jesus, resulting in a thriving community of Native believers in Calgary, impacting their families and home community with the Good News.