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The next Megacity: Manila, Philippines

Shirley Brownhill

by Shirley Brownhill, Director of YWAM Perth

 

Cities need a multi-disciplined approach. Our approach to reaching cities must draw on the diverse gift of the body of Christ worldwide to meet the diverse needs of a city.

It has been estimated that 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. This shift has already begun to impact on the way we do missions. Within the missions community there has been a lot of prayer and energy in developing “village culture” strategies with great results. However cities by nature, size and capacity are far more complex and need something different.

Cities need a multi-disciplined approach. Our approach to reaching cities must draw on the diverse gift of the body of Christ worldwide to meet the diverse needs of a city. If we are going to see any measurable change in cities, it will call for unprecedented unity in the Body of Christ, missions and local church working together.

God no longer in the centre of cities

Mostly, cities consider the idea of God at the centre of community as an “old-fashioned” narrow-minded concept and no longer relevant to modern society. In essence God has been sidelined! Modern cities have lost their way with little or no acknowledgement of God. They have turned their back on Him, trusting in their own strength and boasting about their own achievements. City ‘voices’ squeeze the life out of our best and brightest. Cities educate their citizens to “look out for number one,” and that “your life is what you make it.”

Abortion, teenage suicide, and euthanasia are all preached as a basic human right; greed, drugs, pornography, adultery and lust are normal and lying is encouraged if it benefits your career.

This is not God’s original intention for cities. God designed cities as gathering places for His people where they could glorify Him and disciple surrounding nations to do the same. When we look at the ministry of Jesus we can see that He went to cities. In Matthew 21 we see Jesus approaching Jerusalem riding on a little donkey. The whole city was in an uproar asking one another, “Who is this Man?”

Megacities is called to reach cities

Megacities is called to continue the ministry of Jesus into the larger cities of the world.

Megacities is called to continue the ministry of Jesus into the larger cities of the world. God spoke in a prayer meeting over 15 years ago as we were praying for influential cities to the north, east and west of Australia. God spoke at that moment so clearly to me, “Start doing it.” “Do what Lord?” I quietly voiced. “Start reaching these cities, go and take my Good News to the heart and soul of the city.”

Megacities (MC) was birthed out of this prayer meeting and has now gone to many major cities as far flung as London, Mexico City, Cairo and as close as Jakarta.

 

The next city God is leading us to is Metro Manila, Philippines

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Manila is a city of 12.5 million residents which swells to around 20 million by day. In meeting with city leaders they have warmly welcomed a partnership; seeing MC as God’s timing in all they are trusting God for.

I believe cities are like giants in our nations; They have moved from their God given destiny and rely on their own strength.

MC’s purpose is very simple – that Cities would see God, respond to His loving kindness and be restored back to Gods original purpose – to honour God in all they do.

The pathway is a partnership with both local church and civic leaders to see effective unified strategies developed for city change. Once unity comes, then God’s blessing follows and city transformation begins.

Cities change as the people respond to God. When this takes place, the discipleship process begins and starts to salt society.

Cities change as the people respond to God. When this takes place, the discipleship process begins and starts to salt society. Believers begin to apply His ways to government, education, health, business, family, entertainment, and economics. This starts the process toward generational waves of men and women who know God and make Him known. Cities are transformed and influence outwardly into the discipleship of nations.

Join us in Manila

MC welcomes individuals, teams, focus ministries, both short-term or longer – one week, one month or four months; whatever time you can give. The combined effort of thousands of God fearing people partnering with the local effort brings measurable change that continues. What I have noticed is that the dynamic expression of God’s love also brings change in the one who has been sent, and gives them a lasting inheritance in that city.

Please pray. Please come. Please send teams to Manila. Let’s be the Davids of our generation.

 


Westcoast News July 2016

This article was published in the
July 2016 edition of Westcoast News.

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