Global Awareness Week: November 15-20, 2020

"God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called children of God.” - Matthew 5:9


So many voices; each one claiming to be right.
Advertisements catch our attention and often confuse our minds. The voices are often strident, strong--and they contradict one another.

Welcome to another presidential election season in the U.S.!

Yet in this political season which many have labeled “like none other,” Jesus invites us to another way of living. He actually commands us to love our enemies and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Perhaps the “enemy” lives on the other side of the globe. Perhaps our “enemy” is an ideological one, and lives next door. Or works with us, or studies with us. Maybe they're invited to a family celebration.

In Matthew 5:9, Jesus doesn’t mince words. “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called children of God.” Jesus invites us to work for peace, to be a community of faith that builds gospel bridges with our neighbors near and far.

November 15-20 our guest speaker, Nikki Toyama-Szeto (Executive Director of Christians for Social Action) and a group of our visiting partners from New England and around the globe will be joining us virtually. They’ll be sharing with us how they “Build Gospel Bridges” in their lives and ministries. You won’t need to wear masks or wonder if the middle seat is empty. You can wash your hands if you like, but from the comfort of your own homes, come join us as we learn how God is still sovereignly at work in the world, in the midst of a global pandemic.

 About our Keynote Speaker

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

As the Executive Director of Christians for Social Action, Nikki works to help Christians have a faith-fueled engagement with justice issues. Through innovative programs that facilitate conversation across differences, CSA educates and empowers people to engage with justice issues on both personal and systemic levels.

Before coming to CSA in 2017, Nikki served in leadership positions at International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She loves working with communities around the world, whether through scripture, thoughtful reflection on leadership, or stirring the spiritual imagination.

Nikki has served on the board of Interserve USA, Mission Year, Missio Alliance, INFEMIT, and Casa Chiralagua. She has written articles on gender issues and multi-ethnicity for various magazines and she serves as a “Leading Voice” for the Missio Alliance. Her work was profiled in Outreach Magazine’s Leadership Issue (Sept 2017 Cover), Christianity Today’s, “Who’s Next?” and Rejuvenate Magazine’s “40 under 40”. She was a co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006) a collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. She also co-wrote Partnering with the Global Church (IVP, 2012) with Femi Adeleye and edited the Urbana Onward series. She is a co-author of The God of Justice: IJM Institute’s Global Church Curriculum (IVP, 2015).

Much of her insights stem from experiences living among poor people in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo, and Bangkok. She helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world’s most marginalized people. She has a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University and completed her master’s in organizational leadership at Eastern University studying in South Africa. Nikki resides in the DC metro area with her family.

Ron Sider, the founder of CSA, is known for his book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” and CSA continues to model out the deep scriptural engagement, and rigorous analysis of world issues portrayed in that book. Christians for Social Action was originally Evangelicals for Social Action but changed its name in September 2020. 

Town Hall Webinar:

Life In Post-Election America

Town Hall Webinar Replay

Pastor Bryan Wilkerson moderates a panel featuring our Global Awareness Week keynote speaker, Nikki Toyama-Szeto and her Christians for Social Action colleague, Andre Henry.

 Resources Mentioned:

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

13th (Documentary film on Netflix by Ava DuVernay)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Film & Book)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Be The Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

GAW 2020 VISITING PARTNERS

Beth A: India

Bethany leads a project working with orphans who are transitioning out of residential care into independent life. She and the staff mentor these...

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Liz Schwaiger: South Asia

Suneel and Liz work at Forman Christian College in Lahore Pakistan. They’ve been married for 2 years and both of them enjoy the impact they...

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Ramez & Rebecca Atallah

Born of missionary parents in Haiti, Rebecca co-leads the Center of Love for Special Needs Children at the Mokattam Garbage Village in Cairo...

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Sunday, November 15th (9:15 & 11:00am)

Global Awareness Week Sunday Worship

Featured Guest Speaker: Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Director of Christians for Social Action

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Sunday, November 15th (10:25-10:55am)

Ask Nikki

Join us for live Q & A with our Guest Speaker, Nikki Toyama-Szeto hosted by pastor Jeanette Yep

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Sunday, November 15th (9:15am & 11:00am)

Special Guest Musician: Nizar Fares

Nizar Fares is known throughout the Middle-East Christian community for his faith and his work among Syrian refugees.

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Sunday, November 15th (7:00-8:00pm)

Lexington Campus Partner Prayer

Join pastor Richard Rhodes as he hosts Hector & Margarita Rivas (Potter's House) + Jeff & Judy Heath (Wycliffe).

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Monday November, 16th (7:00-8:00pm)

WIL Campus Partner Prayer

Join pastor Tom VanAntwerp as he hosts Mandy Herrera (Potter's House) and Karim Anayssi (Cedar Home).

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Monday, November 16th (8:00-9:00pm)

Groups and Partner Gathering

Join us for a hosted conversation with Liz Schwaiger (FC College,  Pakistan). 

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Tuesday, November 17th (7:00-8:00pm)

ELX Campus Partner Prayer

Join pastor Tom Lee as he hosts Jessica Aquino (New Life Home, Manchester, NH) and Liz Schwaiger (FC College, Pakistan).

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Tuesday, November 17th (9:30am & 7pm)

Women's Groups

All women and women’s groups are invited to join to consider a “world without orphans," along with our GAW partners.

AM Group PM Group

Wednesday, November 18 (7:00-8:00pm)

WAT  Partner Prayer

Join pastor Stephen Nyakairu for a time of conversation and prayer with Paul Malkemes (Boston Project Ministries).

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Wednesday, November 18 (6:30-7:30am)

Men's Groups

Men and men's groups are invited to join and hear from  GAW partners; Paul Malkemes and Seth Vitrano-Wilson .

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Wednesday, November 18 (8:00-9:00pm)

Town Hall: Life in Post Election America

Pastor Bryan will be moderating a panel featuring, Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Andre Henry (Christians for Social Action).

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Thursday, November 19 (7:00-8:00pm)

FOX Campus Partner Prayer

Join the Foxboro campus and pastor Tom Boisclair for a time of learning and prayer with Beth A. from South Asia

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Thursday, November 19th (8:00-9:00pm)

Groups and Partner Gathering

Join us for a hosted conversation with Mandy Herrera (Potter’s House, Guatemala) and Sam & Pat Sarvis (YWAM Thailand)

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Friday, November 20 (6:00-7:00pm)

FX Family Experience

FX is a fun event for the whole family to share! Join us for a fun virtual experience featuring videos from our mission partners.

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Friday, November 20 (8:00-9:00pm)

Partner Group Gathering

Join us for a hosted conversation with Karim Anayssi (Cedar Home) and Seth & Lauren Vitrano-Wilson (Horizons International)

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GAW Kidstown + Student Ministry Events

What is it like to Be a Missionary?

Ever wonder what like to be a missionary? Enjoy this fun video of our global and regional mission partners answering your questions. 

Sunday, November 15 (7am)

Kidstown at Home

Kids and Families are welcomed to tune in to Kids town at Home, featuring a special message from Sam and Pat Sarvis (Thailand)

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Sunday, November 15th (1-2:30pm)

Student Min Q & A with Karim

Join us for a live interview and chat with Karim Anayssi as he shares about his ministry and life in Lebanon.

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Friday, November 20th  (6pm)

FX Family Experience

FX is a fun event for the whole family to share! Join us for a fun virtual experience featuring videos from our mission partners.

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Kidstown

GAW Activity Pages

Click the links below to print out fun, global themed crossword puzzles and coloring pages.

Activity 1  Activity 2  Activity 3

Global Awareness Week Event Replay

Did you miss a Global Awareness Week event? Watch it again below. Scroll to see events from our missions conference,  categorized by day.

Sunday November 15th, 2020

Ask Nikki Q & A

Watch the  replay of the live Q &A with our Guest Speaker, Nikki Toyama-Szeto. hosted by pastor Jeanette Yep.

Monday, November 16th, 2020

WIL Campus Partner Prayer

Wilmington Campus partner conversation with Mandy Herrera (Potter's House) and Karim Anayssi (Cedar Home).

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Men's Wednesday Morning Group

Wednesday mornings mens group featuring our GAW partners; Paul Malkemes and Seth Vitrano-Wilson .

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

WAT Campus Partner Prayer

 Watertown Campus partner conversation featuring  with Paul Malkemes (Boston Project Ministries).

Wednesday, November 18th

Town Hall: Life in Post-Election America

Pastor Bryan Wilkerson moderates a panel featuring our Global Awareness Week keynote speaker, Nikki Toyama-Szeto and her Christians for Social Action colleague, Andre Henry. Christians for Social Action Website: https://christiansforsocialaction.org/

 Resources Mentioned:

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

13th (Documentary film on Netflix by Ava DuVernay)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Film & Book)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Be The Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

Thursday, November 19th

Groups and Partner Gathering with Sam and Pat Sarvis

Watch a special hosted conversation featuring Sam & Pat Sarvis (YWAM Thailand)

Friday, November 20th

Groups and Partner Gathering with Lauren & Seth Vitrano-Wilson

Watch a special hosted conversation featuring Seth & Lauren Vitrano-Wilson (Horizons International)

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