The Lord spoke these words to the prophet Zechariah thousands of years ago: “I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain...Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets...If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the Lord of hosts? Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness." Zechariah 8:3-8
Can you envision how one day this will be the reality surrounding us? The God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, desires for reconciliation and restoration in our cities. There is a growing trend of people moving into urban areas, and the city is the center place for economic growth. Yet how foreign are the pervasive issues of poverty, injustice, immorality, and brokenness to the everyday Christian? Have we conveyed to the general public that Jesus cares solely to bless rich Christians living in Suburbia? How natural is it for us to assume that habitual sin is always the cause of despair in one's life? Unfortunately, I am the first to admit that these thoughts are far too familiar, but God is slowly, but surely renewing my mind.
Global Urban Perspectives (GUP) exists to draw God's people back to the cities as “lights” who expose the fears and stereotypes of urban areas. Through the ministry of GUP, students have witnessed how God's love brings true healing and transformation, as they catch onto God's heart for the city. We praise God for all of you who choose to partner with us through prayer and financial support. We trust that the testimonies from these programs will be a blessing to all who hear them, as God continues to use GUP to bring more people into His Kingdom.
Sue Lee, Assistant Director of the Office of Christian Outreach