Meet Canile Jackson
In the bustling city of New York, full-time campus missionaries are hard to come by. Between the cost of living and the overwhelming amount of things competing for people’s time, it can be difficult ground to break. On top of that, some of both the country’s and the world’s most influential schools stand to be reached, with over half a million college and graduate students in the Manhattan borough alone. But Every Nation Campus missionary Canile Jackson, along with our Every Nation church there, take on the challenge in faith that God would create a movement of missionaries out of their city who carry the gospel to their workplaces and the world.
Watch Canile’s “I Am Every Nation” video to find out how God uniquely works through your partnership and our New York ministry to change the campus and change the world.
Every Nation North America still has a long way to go to reach cities in the Western/Midwestern region of the United States and much of Canada. One of the ways God has answered our prayers for the people in these regions is through a couple that feels called to plant a church in Colorado! They’ve passed through the Every Nation Assessment Center that evaluates church-planting couples in their calling, and they’ve now completed the church-planting bootcamp training that will send them to the field with tools to build a healthy, lasting church from the ground up.
In June 2019, David and Megan Hermes and their four children will relocate to Denver, Colorado to plant an Every Nation church right in the middle of several universities with a combined student population of over 90,000. They’ve already recruited three experienced, full-time Every Nation Campus missionaries to be part of their launch team.
The Hermes’ ten-year service as Every Nation Campus staff and associate pastors at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, equipped them to influence the student population in Denver. They’ve spent the last few years pastoring Grace Covenant’s satellite congregation in Sterling, Virginia, which grew from 130 members to 300, further preparing them for their calling as church planters. Below, David shares his and his wife’s passion and next steps to reach the Denver community.
Megan and I are intent on planting a church that reflects the characteristics of the Every Nation mission: a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible church and campus ministry that makes disciples among the community and 90,000-plus college students in the area. We’re now in the process of recruiting a launch team of campus missionaries as well and recent graduates who have a burden of impacting students through small group discipleship. Not-so-recent graduates can be a part of this effort as well.
We’re still looking for more launch team members who will make it their mission to build friendships with at least four non-Christians—the goal being to present the gospel, introduce them to Jesus Christ, and form small groups. Those small groups will focus on establishing them in the faith, equipping them to confidently engage another friend with the gospel.
As a group, we’re calling this our “Go Team.” If you’ve been thinking that you would also like to go and be a part of building an Every Nation church from the foundation up, maybe the Denver Go Team is the opportunity for you.
Remember us in your prayers and contact us if going to Denver is something that stirs your heart and is a thought that you can’t get out of your mind.
If you’ve partnered with Every Nation for a while, chances are you’ve sent missionaries on a trip with Ten Days Missions Experiences, Every Nation’s short-term mission trip program. Our campus missionaries often bring students on these trips to launch them into bold ministry, which they bring back to their campuses. Ten Days started as a series of mission trips that begin with weeks of intentional prayer and fasting before going to serve in other nations by sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of the locals. Over the twelve years since the program began, we’ve reached twenty-nine nations and worked with international Every Nation churches and campus ministries to start new ministries and strengthen existing ones.
This year alone, you’ve sent teams to fourteen cities across Australia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Mexico, Nepal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States! Here’s a report from our Ten Days team about our last trips of 2018 that occurred in Europe.
Kristin Duran and the Ten Days Team
We rejoice in this generation’s eagerness to go to the nations. We can’t wait to go on mission with you in 2019!
In September, we took ten people on our first Ten Days trip to Sundsvall, Sweden (five of whom were first-time missionaries!). The plan was to use our evangelistic tool, The God Test, to share the gospel on campus every day. However, this came to a halt when the president of the university suddenly forbade the team from campus evangelism.
After much prayer, the team decided to split up, with half going to the city square and the other half to campus. Little did we know, there was a pop-up international food market that week in the city square. It drew hundreds of hungry students, professionals, and families who were also hungry for God. What we thought would be a major set back to our mission actually expanded our reach to the entire city!
Sweden is one of the most secular nations in the world. Most people we met were atheists or agnostics, but rarely were they antagonistic. The word about The God Test buzzed around Sundsvall, and people thought deeply about life’s origin, meaning, morality, and their ultimate destiny. We followed these conversations up with invitations to a seminar about how we can know truth, a talk show where we shared testimonies, church services, and a weekly course designed to introduce Jesus to a secular culture. On our last day, one student got saved!
A few weeks after our Sweden trip ended, our final 2018 trip launched to Romania. The team was made up of twenty-three team members (including two children) from the United States, London, Poland, and Ukraine.
Our primary outreach was campus ministry in Timisoara, which is home to over 50,000 students. The team did The God Test on campus and events in the evenings with small group discussions. We called the events “I Am Human” and talked about human identity, purpose, meaning, justice, and how Jesus fulfills each of those needs. The campus ministry in Timisoara is in it’s beginning phase, and this was their first outreach as an Every Nation Campus chapter.
The first night, only one student showed up. He was agnostic and from Moldova, and he ended up attending every single outreach we had that week! By the time we left, he said that he was still unsure about what we believe, but knew he had so much love for our team and that we had very good ideas. Through the rest of the week, we had three salvations on campus, more students attend our events, and we left the local team with several key contacts for continued weekly small groups.
As we head into the Thanksgiving season, we cannot express how grateful we are for your partnership and faith. We are so honored to have you on our team!
Your partnership changes lives.
Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.