WHO WE ARE
In 1995 a small group of people recognized how discipling the internationals residing in New York City had the power to spread the gospel around the globe. By sharing their faith with international students, United Nations personnel, international business people, and ethnic communities, the group saw God move in amazing ways. Churches were planted, both locally and globally.
In 2010, after recognizing the need for more workers to be trained and sustained in diaspora ministry, International Project launched a one-year cross-cultural training program called “Equip,” to send more workers into diaspora and pioneer ministries. To date, 100+ workers have been trained through International Project, many of whom are faithfully serving Jesus in various cross-cultural contexts.
Our diverse family of 20+ workers are the true backbone of what we do. We are passionate about sustaining healthy teams, and operating in an environment of grace and fun together. While we are primarily centralized in the New York City area, we’re actively expanding into other cities across the United States.
How We Disciple
- Through providing open access to the gospel: We champion the right of every person to hear the Good News of Jesus in an understandable way. We implement contextualized Bible studies, coach church planters, and share our faith with the communities in which we serve, doing life on life with those around us as Jesus did.
- By providing services to enrich the lives of people living in ethnic communities: Whether it be through conversation groups, acculturation activities for international students, or our community center and thrift store initiative, we always strive to seek, show and tell the Gospel.
Di·as·po·ra: the dispersion of any people from their original homeland.
Diaspora is a term that refers to groups of people who have migrated from their homeland and are living in a foreign culture. Because of migration, we have the opportunity to minister to groups of people who previously had little to no access to the gospel.
Reaching and serving diaspora peoples is incredibly strategic for many reasons, including:
- The major change in their environment turns their worldview upside down, leaving many individuals more open to the Gospel than they might have been if they stayed home.
- Individuals are often highly connected to their families and friends back home in their countries of origin. This connection is evidenced by the many money transfer businesses and shipping businesses in diaspora contexts, as well as frequent conversational references to Skyping with family and friends.
- Individuals in diaspora communities are often highly educated and relatively wealthy, making them very influential within their communities.
- They may travel back to their home countries frequently to visit friends and family.
When Diaspora people hear and receive the gospel in a Western setting, they have a high likelihood to both share it with their new communities here and with their families and friends back home! Amazing, right?
WHAT ARE UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS?
There are approximately 2.4 billion people today who have no access to the gospel. These people are considered “unreached,” not only because of their spiritual lostness, but also because of their limited access to the gospel.
According to the Joshua Project, a people group is:
“A significantly large grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity with one another. For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.”
An “unreached people group” is commonly defined as a people group that is less than 2% evangelical Christian – a “critical mass” at which point missiologists have determined that the indigenous community can then spread the gospel themselves. Similar terms to unreached people groups include “least-reached,” “unengaged unreached people groups” (UUPG), and “last frontier people groups.” While there are various terms and subcategories, the vision is the same: to see every people group reached with an active indigenous church spreading the gospel.
MISSION & VISION
International Project exists to initiate church planting movements through diaspora unreached people groups.
Let’s break it down together:
- Initiate – We believe in indigenous leadership and contextualized worship; therefore, we will serve as coaches instead of overseers.
- Church Planting Movements – We aren’t satisfied with simply planting one church. Rather we want to help plant churches that will plant other churches.
- Through – We believe that serving diaspora people groups can be a key to unlocking their home countries to the Gospel. We want to see the Gospel extend out to the nations!
- Diaspora – We believe that those who have encountered displacement in the United States should be opened to cross-cultural ministry.
- Unreached people groups – We believe that God cares about all ethnic groups having access to the Gospel.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
As a community of believers, we affirm:
Scripture: that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the written Word of God, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:14-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-12)
God: that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – equal and harmonious in every respect, yet distinct in relation to the divine functions. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (John 8:12-59; 14:8-17)
Person of the Father: that God the Father is the sovereign, holy and merciful Lord who judges righteously, and who in love pursues the redemption of His fallen creation. (Psalm 139; Isaiah 40; John 3:16-21)
Person of Jesus Christ: that God the Eternal Son became a man through the virgin birth, uniting perfect deity and true humanity in one Person forever. His virgin birth was a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven as Lord of all. He now intercedes for believers and will return personally and visibly to receive them, to establish His Kingdom and to rule in righteousness and peace. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelations 19:11-20)
Person of the Holy Spirit: that God the Holy Spirit glorifies the Father and the Son in all He does, not calling attention to Himself. His work includes convicting and regenerating sinners, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the time of regeneration, living in them, enabling them to live a life of obedient faith, equipping and empowering them for service and witness. (Ephesians 5:18-21; Galatians 5; John 14-16; Romans 8)
Humanity: that God created man and woman in His own image, and they became separated from God through their disobedience. Consequently every human being is born a sinner, unwilling and unable to please God. Therefore even those who have never heard the truth about God and His provision for salvation are lost. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 3,4)
Salvation: that eternal salvation is wholly a work of God. God, out of His abundant grace, forgives sinners when they repent of their sin and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for them and rose from the dead. Jesus assumes their punishment for sin, credits His righteousness to those who believe, and brings them into relationship with God as His children. (Romans 5; 10:8-10)
Sanctification: that believers are declared holy in standing before God, on the basis of the finished work of Christ. However, until they are glorified, when they will be with the Lord, they are to grow in godliness as they submit to Christ’s lordship, live in Christian community and are filled (controlled and empowered) by the Holy Spirit. (II Peter 3:14-18; Romans 8:28-30; Hebrews 10:10; Ephesians 5:18)
The Church: that the church universal as the body of Christ is under His Headship and is composed of all believers. It is made visible by local communities of believers organized for corporate worship, edification, fellowship, and the continuation of Christ’s mission on earth. God gives spiritual gifts and leaders to the Church for its edification. The two God-ordained symbolic rites of the Church are baptism of believers and the Lord’s supper. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 3:8-11, 20-21 and 4:11-16; Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19)
Resurrection: that there will be a final bodily resurrection of all persons: believers will be raised to eternal life and conscious fellowship with God; unbelievers will be raised to eternal punishment and conscious separation from God. (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Daniel 12:2-4; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:1-10)
Satan and Spiritual Conflict: that Satan and other fallen angels are real, have personality, and are enemies of God and destroyers of men. While they were defeated at the cross and are limited in operation, they still engage in spiritual battle against God’s people and against His purpose until the final day of judgment. Through Christ believers can live victoriously in this struggle with the forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:14-18; James 4:6-7)
Mission: that Christ commissioned the Church to communicate to all people by verbal witness, godly living, and acts of compassion, the Good News of God’s redemptive love and provision of salvation. It is the solemn responsibility of all believers to work with Christ in fulfilling the commission of making disciples among all peoples. (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-11)
MEET THE LEADERSHIP
Kevin King: International Project President
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible as well as a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. Kevin and his wife Jeanne both have a passion to see the gospel taken to the nations. In 1998, they moved to NYC to help begin New York City International Project (now International Project). Ultimately, Kevin’s vision is to see a movement of churches among unreached people groups, starting with diaspora communities in international cities and spreading into least evangelized countries. Kevin and Jeanne live in Harlem.
Steve Miller: ChairmanSteve has been involved with International Project for the last 15 years. Steve grew up in Central Illinois and attended Wheaton College and Bethel Seminary. He and his wife Ann served as cross-cultural workers in Guadeloupe and France for 18 years. Steve then served as the President of World Team from 1989 to 1995. For the last 23 years, he has been involved in Training and Leadership Development for mission organizations and churches. Steve and Ann have two married sons and 7 grandchildren. They live in Georgia.
Tim: SecretaryTim has been involved with International Project since 2008, ministering to the international student community in New York City. Tim graduated with a B.A. from Mt. Vernon Nazarene College and went on to receive a master’s degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University, where he taught literature and writing for 6 years. Tim has been an Operations Executive, specializing in small-business finance and administration for high-tech companies, for 22 years. He lives in Harlem with his wife Debbie; they have two college-age children.
Keith: TreasurerKeith holds a BBA – Accounting from the University of Texas and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. He worked 14 years in Central Asia, both as a marketplace professional and a mission strategist/team leader. Currently, he and his wife are working in New York City and reaching out with the Gospel to unreached peoples in their community.
Kathy Clarke: DirectorKathy has been a partner and supporter of International Project for several years. Kathy holds a degree in English Education from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University. After serving as a church planter in France for 14 years, Kathy went on to serve as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care for World Team. Over the past several years, she has partnered with EQUIP mentors, advising them on pastoral/counseling issues. Kathy lives in Georgia with her husband, where she has a private counseling practice.
Mark Dalton, Director
Mark Dalton graduated from New Mexico State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Minor in Economics and went on to receive his Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma. For over 10 years, Mark served as a lay mission’s leader to Tanzania. He has also served (and continues to serve) on the board for several nonprofits through the years. Mark is currently serving as the project manager for the community center.
Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to law school, becoming a licensed attorney. She has a love for cross-cultural work and evangelism, and she desires for diaspora unreached people groups to hear the Good News as she did about twenty years ago.