Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in North America. That was my impression the moment my flight landed. Majestic mountains to the north. Expansive water to the south and west. Flower gardens and blooming trees throughout the city.
Vancouver is also one of the most inclusive cities in North America. Driving down one thoroughfare I passed elaborate temples and mosques. Every major world religion is represented along a stretch of road less than a mile long.
Vancouver is one of the most expensive North American cities in which to live. Many people within this rapidly growing metropolitan center spend close to 60 percent of their monthly income on housing. Imagine how busy a person must be to earn an adequate living.
Vancouver is an unreached city. While evangelical Christianity is represented among the numerous religious expressions, it is in the minority. A shrinking minority. The fastest growing segment of the population is from Asia. With their arrival the Buddhist population grows exponentially. 57 different languages are spoken in the homes of children of one local school.
Our church has been asked to prayerfully consider partnering with one of several Southern Baptist church plants in the greater Vancouver area. I am here this week to investigate what such a partnership might entail. I am praying, and ask you to join me, for a Kingdom vision and a God-given clarity.