In recent years, a massive migration of people from the least-reached world to Europe has created urban villages in the midst of large cities. These urban villages contain large pockets of people who still maintain their language, customs, traditions, and social networks from their county of origin. This phenomenon makes it possible to share Christ with people from countries where it is difficult to enter as a missionary, while in the freedom of a European city. This ministry can touch not only the individuals with whom they have direct contact, but also their extended families, tribes, and villages halfway around the world inside of closed contexts.
In the multicultural city of Birmingham, Muslims make up almost a quarter of the city's one million people. Pakistanis, Bengalis, Yemenis, Afghanis, Iranians, and Indonesians seek to maintain their cultural and religious identities, creating a great divide between Muslims and Christians. Goers will join a team of cross-cultural workers, many of whom served in the origin countries of these people groups, that have begun to move in to the predominately Muslim areas of the community to bridge the cultural divide and allow Christ's light to shine as they live incarnationally.
The team seeks to reach Muslims through kids clubs, sports groups, moms and tots groups, University outreach, and men's drop in centers. Through these interactions and community building programs, team members can share Christ's love in a natural and easy going way with their Muslim neighbors. Ministry towards the women of these communities has great opportunity for fruit, as so many immigrant women are not only eager for friendship and practical help, but also spiritual nurturing. Female Goers would assist their teammates in the various ministries directed towards women, including afternoon mother-children hangouts, ESL assistance, weekly tea gatherings and Bible studies.
Enjoys working in a team environment
Flexible and adaptable
Heart for women of the majority religion
Comfortable with physical modes of transportation
Prior experience in local women's outreach or ministry helpful but not required