Bringing Relief to Reach the Lost

Here at GCM we have one primary mission: to spread the gospel to the darkest regions and beyond. One of the ways we accomplish this goal is through relief efforts. This mission breaks down into a myriad of initiatives and action steps, all unified around our central goal.

Why Bring Relief?

Within Christianity there are two polarizing viewpoints on humanitarian efforts: those who believe that’s our main call as Christians, to meet physical needs and thereby show the love of Christ, and those who believe we should simply be sharing the gospel everywhere we go and that relief efforts are not of value. At Global Catalytic Ministries we see things differently. 

Relief Efforts as a Tool

We believe in bringing relief, but with a purpose. While there is some value in meeting the physical needs of those around us, and certainly it can help people understand the love of Christ when they are first and foremost loved by Christians, it is not enough in and of itself. If we simply come alongside a stranger, build them a clean well, and leave they will have the water needed for the body, yes, but the soul remains parched. However, if, as the Bible states, we come to those in desperate need bodily, share the good news, and then tell them to be warmed and filled, what good is that (James 2:15-16)?

We believe that words and actions must coincide to bring the full message of the gospel. It is in the synergy of compassionate deeds and the proclamation of the Gospel that lives are not only sustained but transformed. It’s the living water for both body and soul, a holistic approach that exemplifies the heart of Christ’s ministry on Earth.

An Opportunity for More

Relief efforts often serve as a remarkable entry point into some of the most challenging and hard-to-reach nations on our planet. These nations may be plagued by conflict, poverty, or political instability, making it difficult for traditional forms of engagement. However, the pressing needs within these regions create a unique opportunity for humanitarian organizations and Christian missionaries to extend a hand of compassion and hope.

By delivering relief in the form of food, clean water, healthcare, or education, we not only address immediate suffering but also build bridges of trust and cooperation with local communities. This trust allows us to establish a presence, open doors for dialogue, and ultimately share the transformative message of the gospel. 

A Vital Component

Our singular mission remains unwavering: to spread the gospel to the darkest places and beyond. We firmly believe that our mission takes shape through a diverse range of initiatives, all anchored in our central goal. Relief efforts are not only a vital component of our mission but also a powerful tool for touching lives and transforming communities. 

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”