The Global Cities initiative is a pilot partnership between local churches and the International Mission Board (IMB) to mobilize Christians to use their marketable skills to join church planting teams in five major world cities. The goal is to integrate students, professionals, and retirees into the work of making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached people groups in these cities. Specifically, we are the point-church for this work in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The current scope of the Global Cities Initiative is to open up multiple pathways for students to study abroad, professionals to take jobs, and retirees to use some of their retirement to intentionally advance the gospel where it is not known.
More than 50% of the world’s populations live in cities. GCI is currently focused on five global cities – Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mumbai, and Shanghai – all of which are dynamic marketplaces open to Westerners and where English is used as a trade language.
Unreached People Groups
Opportunities abound for the gospel to travel from the cities back to the peoples and places where the gospel was previously unknown just as the gospel spread from urban centers across the Roman Empire in the first century.
Kuala Lumpur is the most strategic city you’ve never heard of. It is a regional hub in Southeast Asia for trade, finance, energy, and tourism. People from all over the world come to KL to shop, study, and work. It is more relaxed, family-friendly, and “livable” than most major metropolitan areas. There are an especially high number of people who come from restricted-access countries where there are few if any known Christians. Add to that the high number of unreached peoples that are indigenous to Malaysia, and you have an extremely strategic city for the advancement of the gospel. We want to impact KL to see it transformed into a strategic sending base for the gospel to advance around the world.