Global Missions

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

Psalm 96:3

2024 SHORT-TERM MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

 

This year Park Streeters will spread out to points all over the globe as part of our short-term missions (STM) outreach. We are committed to short-term missions for many reasons. For one, it keeps us connected with the world and supports the ongoing work of our missionaries and partners on the field. It also gives our congregation opportunities to serve shoulder-to-shoulder, deepening our community and our commitment to the mission of God here and to the ends of the earth.

Our Global Missions Priorities

 

World evangelism has been the mission of Park Street Church since it was a part of sending out the first American missionaries, who sailed to India in 1812.  In 1819, Park Street sent out its first team of missionaries to plant a church in the Sandwich Islands. Over 200 years later, we remain committed to sending missionaries all over the world to plant churches, equip the local church, translate the Bible into heart languages, and to meet physical and emotional needs in under-served areas.

We currently have 30 full-time missionaries in 12 countries doing:

  • Bible translation
  • Business & family ministry
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism & discipleship
  • Work as Global Professionals
  • Media ministry
  • Missionary training & admin
  • Prison ministry
  • Theological education
Unreached People Groups

Of 17,017 ethnic groups in the world, 7,087 remain unreached with the gospel (under 2% evangelical). 86% of all Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists do not know a Christian personally.

In 1997, after a period of prayer and discernment, the Missions Committee felt called toward a primary focus on the least-reached areas of the world. This conviction has since deepened, leading us to send the vast majority of our missionaries to countries in the 10/40 window, an
area of the world with the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

Christian Movements in the Muslim World

A “movement” is defined as 100 new churches or 1,000 baptized believers in 20 years. While there were only 13 movements from AD 800-2000, between 2000–2013 there were 69.

Remaining focused on unreached countries and seeking to join God where He is working, Park Street has a particular goal of deepening relationships in Muslim-majority nations.

Bible Translation

Of the 6,909 distinct languages in the world, 2,184 are left with no Scripture.

Park Street has a long history of sending missionaries to do Bible translation. In the past few years we have celebrated the publication of Bibles in Uzbek and Lomwe, and New Testaments in Yemba and Northern Thai. As a church centered in an academic hub, not to mention nearby Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bible translation is a natural area in which to encourage participation.

Growth of the Majority World Church

The “majority world” refers to the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The majority of all Christians now live in this part of the world. The world’s largest protestant/ independent denomination is now (2015) the 82.4 million believers in Chinese (Han) house churches.

We praise God for the way he has moved through the world! As cultures change and the epicenter of the Church moves away from North America and Europe, our relationship will shift from being primarily a sending community to becoming more of a partner in the evangelistic work of God.

International Students in Boston

There are approximately 55,000 international students in Massachusetts, of which 86% attend schools in greater Boston.

The world comes to us in the form of international students every year, including those from unreached countries. We have an amazing opportunity to befriend those who live right in our own neighborhood.

Learn about our ministry to internationals, including Park Street International Fellowship (PSIF) and our English language program.

PSIF will resume on September 8. Questions? Contact David and Roselle Heckendorn.

The 2024 Fall Term for ESL is September 24 through December 12. Questions Karen Patschke.

Woman’s Benevolent Society

Wednesdays | 10:00 AM- 1:30 PM | Granary Room

The Woman’s Benevolent Society has been a special presence and ministry since the church’s founding in 1809—more than 200 years ago. Along with practical projects, Woman’s Benevolent members are committed to missionary care and fervent prayer.

WBS meets Wednesdays, 10:00 AM–1:30 PM September through May.

Schedule

  • 10:00 AM: Activities
      • Activities include projects such as: trimming stamps, knitting, quilting, sewing, making ornaments from Christmas cards, etc.
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 12:30–1:30 PM: Devotion and Prayer Time

Join us anytime you like! You are welcome to stay for the whole time or just part of the time.

To join or with questions, email Judi Manola or Mayumi Rideout.

MISSION CONFERENCE NEXT STEPS

Did God speak to you during the mission conference, “On(e) Mission Together?” Here are some next steps that you can take:

Monthly Missions News

Learn about the exciting ways God is moving throughout the world, as well as how you can serve through prayer, giving, and service!

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