Tijuana (By Numbers)

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In March, a group of college students traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, on a mission: to do as Jesus asks us, “Go out into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). As a church, this is our calling, both within the city of Seattle and outside to all the world. We take mission trips to reveal the love of Jesus to unreached corners of the world, and this was an opportunity for a group of students to see God move in incredible ways.

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A typical day in Tijuana included morning worship, followed by equipping by a local pastor from All People’s Church or Mosaic, and then following the lead of the Spirit for the remainder of the day in reaching and connecting with others. The team performed a dance and a drama in public spaces, and then shared the gospel while someone translated. It is amazing how even through a drama -without verbal communication – God can bring people to Himself. The students and leaders also had the opportunity to partner with the local church in by assisting in outreach and a variety of ways.

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Though numbers cannot describe the depth of joy or represent the experiences our students had in Tijuana, they do give an awesome picture of God’s hand in the city during the trip. Here’s what we saw:

  • 104 people give their lives to Jesus
  • 25 people radically healed
  • Over 350 people came to the Easter service at All People’s Church (Tijuana). Of those 350, 30 people gave their lives to Jesus. The church has an average attendance of 90 people
  • Several students said it was their first mission trip, and some their first time sharing the Gospel with someone.
  • Our students were filled with passion and came back even more envisioned for the people in our own city
  • We have a group the does outreach on Thursdays (in Seattle) and up to 10 or more people come on their own time and are willing to pray and show the love of Jesus to people! It’s incredible. We are seeing people in our very own city touched by the love of God by stepping out and doing something that is seemingly awkward or risky.
  • Our students came back with a fiery passion for Jesus! Our college ministry is thriving and they are forming spaces for people to pray early in the morning and worship together.
  • Lifegroups are thriving
  • People are already excited for the next spring break trip
  • Students came alive in Tijuana and experienced God in a way they never had before. And it hasn’t stopped. God is good!

At Mosaic, there are so many opportunities to be part of our mission. This summer, we are sending groups internationally to continue to be a part of God’s great plan for salvation for all people. Come, and join us!

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Breakout

Last summer I went for a walk and God spoke to me. He whispered a simple yet powerful word about this year at Mosaic Community Church…. “Breakout.” I believe God spoke this word to me as an encouragement and preview of what HE was about to do in and through our church. Over the next few months I began praying, studying scripture, and actively preparing for the breakout that I knew God was about to do.

In the fall we did a sermon series called Breakout in which we focused on Matthew 16:18, where Jesus foreshadows the building of His church. We talked about church history, some common misconceptions, and about how the church that Jesus is building is… NOT a physical building, a social hub, a political party, or a social justice center. Rather, the church Jesus is building is a global movement of messy people who are living out and proclaiming the gospel. We talked about how Jesus’ church is breaking out and how the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

We are now 7 months into seeing God’s promise of Breakout fulfilled. Here’s a quick update:

  • Sunday Celebration attendance at Mosaic has increased by 40%
  • We now have 17 Lifegroups and the # of people in LG’s has grown by 30%. (Many of these new people have little or no church background)
  • Unbound – our anti-sex trafficking ministry – has launched. And it is actively reaching out into our community to help fight this atrocity.
  • Mosaic is consistently serving more impoverished people in Seattle than ever before, primarily through the men’s shelter and working with students at Foster High School
  • Mosaic has begun planting a church in Edmonds, WA
  • We are sending out 2 missionaries this summer to do church planting in North Africa

Wow! Needless to say, I am incredibly thankful and excited for all that God is doing, and I’m very expectant for what HE will continue to do in and through Mosaic over the next 5 months and beyond! As the breakout continues, one of my prayers is that our intimacy would increase – that we would draw closer to Jesus and be deeply committed to one another. Now more than ever let’s remember the call of God on Mosaic Community Church to Love God, Love People, and Change the World!

By Andrew Bach, Lead Pastor

Day by Day

A Lifegroup is a Christ centered community devoted to connecting with each other and encountering God together. These communities are based on the picture of the early church we find in Acts 2.

Being part of a Lifegroup has truly changed my life. I have involved in Lifergoups for the past four years; some of which I have led, some of which I have not. Some of them have been incredible, some have felt a little bit awkward. Some were filled with old friends, some were filled with new. But one thing has always been true: I have always been pointed towards Jesus.

Lifegroup has pointed me towards God in personal and collective ways.

I have developed genuine friendships through Lifegroup. I have found dear friends that encourage me, laugh with me and always point me back to Jesus. Regardless of my circumstances, the relationships I have gained from Lifegroup are irreplaceable.

I have encountered God through Lifegroup. Over and over again I am reminded of God’s faithfulness and righteousness because of my community. I have been vulnerable by asking for prayer only to be blown away by seeing God answering my cries.

I have friends who have met Jesus through Lifegroup. Often times these friends declined many previous invitations but finally came. Upon arrival these friends were welcomed by a group of genuine people who helped melt off the hardness of life. They were pointed to Jesus, encouraged, and prayed for. Some prayed for the first time in years and encountered God’s goodness and love.

I have known strangers who had never been to church trust in Jesus because someone invited them to Lifegroup. I once invited a girl to Lifegroup who had never been to church before and she came. After a few weeks she came to church and gave her life to Jesus! Lifegroup was the gateway to her knowing God.

The list goes on and on. Over and over I have seen God move through Lifegroup. But it has nothing to do with my Lifegroup specifically; it has everything to do with Jesus. As we invite God to do His will in our Lifegroups, as we submit to His authority, and as we obey Him in inviting people He will move in the hearts and minds of people. It may not look like we anticipated but it is a journey that will not disappoint.

I have been so blessed to see Acts 2:42-47 in my life through Lifegroup. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Have you checked out a lifegroup? Do you need to give it a second chance? They’re so much fun and they’re all about Jesus. Check one out this week!

By Tina Jackson, Children’s Ministry Director

God is With Me

“God is with me” is a phrase we use often in the Kids Ministry. We desire each of our kids to know that God made them, he loves them, he saved them, and he will always be with them.

On a recent Sunday morning as the kids were coming into their classrooms, the Roots kids (2-4year old class) heard a little girl in the Nest (0-2 year old class) crying. “Who is crying?” a two year old asked. The classroom leader told the kids it was a baby next door. Another young one asked, “Why is she sad?” The classroom leader replied, “Maybe its because she doesn’t want to be away from her mommy and daddy even though they went downstairs for just a little bit. But do you know who is with her right now?” Most of the class piped in, “God is with her!” Then the class gathered in a circle and some of the kids prayed for the little one next door. “God, I pray for her not to be sad,” prayed one child; “God, would she not be afraid,” prayed another. The classroom leader closed the time of prayer and as they finished the little girl next door had stopped crying!

Our kids are living with confidence that God is with each of them forever and always. It’s a testimony that not only do they believe it for themselves, but also they are fighting for each other to have more faith and to be comforted by God’s presence.

God is doing so much in Mosaic Kids and I am so blessed to be part of seeing the next generation live out the simple truths of God’s kingdom. They are constantly encouraging me to believe the simple but profound reality that I am a child of the King. Reminding me that every moment of the day God is with me, forever and always.

Like our kids, we too can have childlike faith. Know, today, that God made you, he loves you, he saved you, and he will always be with you.

By Tina Jackson, Children’s Ministry Director

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