South American Missionary Samuel Escobar wrote a book titled, The Gospel from Everywhere to Everywhere. What this phrase envisions on a global scale is happening at WBC. In Acts 17:26-27 Paul describes what God is doing in the world:
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
With members from fifty nations and living in a community that has close to every nation represented, God has placed WBC in a unique position to serve on mission and has opened up some ways in which we can go on mission. God uses "people on the move" in unique ways. Social media demonstrates how interconnected the world is. Human networks are not a new concept.
All through the pages of Acts one can see how God used the exile of the Jews and the synagogues they set up as the seedbed for the Apostles church planting strategy. Paul himself was a beneficiary of such people movements. He started his first missionary journey after a year at the first multi-ethnic (and global) church in Antioch. After this year he was readily received through the known world. Many of his partners used a similar similar strategy to get around the ancient world. Pricilla and Aquila worked with Paul in Corinth and traveled with him to Ephesus. Paul left them there as he journeyed on.
It was in Ephesus where Pricilla and Aquila met Apollos, who had himself traveled from Egypt to Ephesus. After spending time with them there being discipled (Acts 18:26), Apollos indicated that he wanted to travel on to Corinth. Pricilla and Aquila wrote letters for him to the church there so that they readily received him when he arrived (Acts 18:27-28).
Gathering and discipling people on the move, and connecting to others who can help them go places is just one of the many ways that we are applying this teaching. Learn about our 9 Commitments to Multi-Ethnic Missions