"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 28:19-20 ESV
The Great Commission...there's a good chance you've heard it before.
At BridgeBuilders it is at the core of what we do. We are an urban missionary organization, taking the Gospel into the spiritually darkest parts of our city.
Since the great missionary enterprise of the 19th century, the American church has sent missionaries abroad to reach those who either haven’t heard or haven’t responded to the gospel.
However, you rarely—if ever—see missionaries being called and sent to places in America. Why? I think in large part because we tend to believe that America has been “reached.” Therefore, when it comes to the poor in America, our first assumption is that what they need most is charity.
Wrong! Especially when you begin to understand that the poverty common to the U.S. is fundamentally a spiritual poverty that has social, cultural, and economic consequences.
The inner cities of America are by definition an “unreached people group”when you realize that there is no indigenous, self-propagating, growth of Christian community (the Church) taking place. Although many churches exist in the impoverished areas, most are spiritually bankrupt and uninterested in reaching their community.
The whole of BridgeBuilders programming (Missions, Kids, and Work) is a missionary enterprise, designed to meet the particular needs of the inner-city mission field in the 21st century. The ultimate end of our missionary endeavor is seeing the church built up as people are rescued by the gospel.
By applying this missional strategy, and through the power of the gospel, we are Making Poverty History. Many are being transformed into new ways of thinking and living, and we follow that transformation by helping those in poverty overcome the many obstacles to flourishing so that they may achieve self-sufficiency, act responsibly, and live in the way that God intends.
We are BridgeBuilders and we are Making Poverty History, through God’s power and for His glory.