I am Jenna Smith and I was born and raised in Montreal. For the past 15 years, I have directed the Innovation Youth centre under Christian Direction. I am passionate about the intersections between faith, community, and urban work amongst those who live on the margins of our society. I work mainly out of the…

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Life had been slowly bleeding out of her for 12 years, so in one final act of desperation she reaches out to touch her last remaining vestige of hope: the edge of the robe of a great teacher in whom she would now put all the faith she had left. Note here that Mark emphasizes the woman’s faith rather than Jesus’s power.

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Mary Albert Darling Transcribed from a webinar hosted on May 28th, 2019. Note: We use software to create our transcripts, and they are far from perfect! For a more accurate record of the event, watch the video. Joel Van Dyke   Welcome to our Street Psalms, thought leader webinar series. We’ve been doing these now for…

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James Alison Transcribed from a webinar hosted on May 28th, 2019. Joel Van Dyke Welcome to our street songs, thought leader webinar series. We’ve been doing these now for four or five months lose track a little bit. But we have two themes of our thought leader webinar series. We have some that are focused…

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All of these refugees are our sisters and brothers, daughters and sons of our loving God just like we are. They, too, are a part of the Body of Christ. Most of them, if not all, have probably been baptized, and by virtue of their baptism, they are sent – sometimes by direction, other times by desperation.

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James Alison Transcribed from a webinar hosted on May 28th, 2019. Kris Rocke: Welcome to our webinar today made possible, as most of you know, through the Preaching Piece grant that we received from the Lily Endowment last year. That grant is made possible for us to gather together like this and explore the question…

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Mike and Megan, his wife, and their family have been serving with Resonate Global Mission in African cities for over a decade. They learned to love the cities of Jos and Abuja, Nigeria for 8 years and Johannesburg and Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa for nearly 4 years. Mike received the MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary and…

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Hultner Estrada lives in Managua, Nicaragua with his wife….and ……As the son of a pastor, he grew intimately linked to the Nicaraguan evangelical church, its culture, strengths and complexities. From a young age he has worked in the pastoral field and Christian media. In 2005 he joined the Nehemíah Center to develop a training program…

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Ken Sikes lives in Tacoma with his wife, Erin and their three children, Jane, Will and Benjamin. He is the pastor of Manitou Park Presbyterian Church where he’s served since 2003. Ken grew up in East Tennessee and then served four years in the army after college. In 1998 Ken left the army and served…

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Abhishek lives in New Delhi, the capital city of India, with his wife Angelika and their daughter Aastha where he and Angelika founded Catalyst Leadership Foundation and now serves as executive director. The city of Delhi is home to more than 25 million people and is a hub of political and economical power. It is…

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Valery lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with his wife Kettely and their two children, Emilie and Jonathan where he serves as the Training Hub Director as Sous Espwa with Resonate Global Mission. He has been involved in leadership and community development for more than 10 years with Micah Challenge and the Global Leadership Summit. With a…

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Justin lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, Karianne and their two children, Jelani and Cheyenne. Justin earned a Doctorate of Entrepreneurial Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. Justin is the Director/Founder of a partnership called the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, between Bethany Christian Services, Building Bridges Professional Services & Rising Grinds…

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D.J. lives in Salem, OR with his wife Gabi, son Kaden and daughter Clara, where he serves as the south area Lightning Rod at Salem Leadership Foundation.  D.J. is the senior pastor with the Salem Missional Communities and has extensive experience developing creative missional communities as a church planter and coach. D.J. earned his M.Div…

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Joel lives in Anchorage, AK with his wife, Stacey and their three daughters, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Crosspoint Community Church and Founding Director of Parachute Ministries where he served as Executive Director for 10 years. Joel is completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria in Practical Theology. Joel’s particular focus as…

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Ron lives in Seattle with his wife Linda and two sons, Ben and Clayton, where he is the associate professor of theology and culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He also serves as the anchor professor for global and social partnerships. Ron has more than 30 years of experience working with street involved…

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Joel lives in Guatemala City with Annnette, his wife, and Mariana, their daughter. Joel serves as the Director of Leadership Development at Center for Transforming Mission, Guatemala which is a part of the Leadership Foundation movement. Joel is working on his PhD at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. His studies focus on the…

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Esau lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife Jane four children, Wema, Cindy, Jasmine and Justin. He is the Director of Training at the Center for Transforming Mission Kenya/Nairobi which is part of the Leadership Foundations movement. Esau is also the lead Pastor of the Tumaini Ministries Center in Kibera, a church he founded and…

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Gideon Ochieng

Gideon lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife, Cecelia and their three Gabriel, Samara and Promise. Gideon is the founding director of Center for Transforming Mission – Kenya, (CTM Kenya) which is a part of the Leadership Foundation movement. CTM Kenya develops leaders and initiatives with a particular focus on impacting informal settlements where he…

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Tim lives in Camden, NJ. with his wife Renata, and their three children. Tim is the founding director of Watu Moja, a leadership development organization that connects African American and Afro Latino youths to the people and cultures of the global Afrikan community, found both within the Afrikan continent and throughout the worldwide Afrikan Diaspora.…

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Joel Van Dyke has lived and served in Guatemala City since 2003 with his wife Marilyn and their children Joel and Sofia. Joel did youth ministry and pastored a church in Philadelphia for 5 years before moving to Guatemala City where he became the founder of CTM Guatemala. He now directs the Urban Training Collaborative,…

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Kris lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, Lana, and their two sons Grant and Mitchell. He has served in urban ministry since 1985 and is the founding director of Street Psalms. He earned a D.Min. in Transformational Leadership for the Global City from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, WA. Kris has co-authored three books, Geography…

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Mario Matos

Mario Luis Matos was born and lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with his wife Yolanda, and their two daughters Susana and Magdalena, where he serves as founding director of the Center for Transforming Missions Dominican Republic – CTMD which is part of the Leadership Foundations movement. He has served as evangelist, church planter, and…

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Lina Thompson

Lina lives in White Center, WA where she grew up and now serves as Senior Pastor at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. Her family was among the first Samoan families to move to the Seattle area and founding members of First Samoan Congregational Christian Church in Seattle. Lina’s family has lived in the same home for…

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