Advocate for Internationals
U. S. Pacific Southwest Border Region
CBF Global Missions Internationals Team West
In support of CBF Global Missions’ ministry among the most neglected, Kim and Marc work to empower the Kingdom efforts of churches, missions organizations, and individuals who seek to minister among internationals along the Pacific Southwest Border Region of the United States. The Wyatt’s coordinate strategies for reaching these internationals — refugees, students and immigrants enslaved by Human Trafficking.
THE NEED: Pacific Southwest Border Region Quick Facts
· Highest priority area for U.S. Customs and Border Protection
· A nexus point of three transnational threats: drug smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism
· Traffickers exploit the Border smuggling drugs and people from Mexico into the United States and moving large amounts of money from the United States into Mexico
· Border region extends more than 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and 62.5 miles on each side of the international border with a population of more than 13 million
· 90% of the population resides in 15 international metropolitan, inter-dependent sister cities
One Example: San Diego/Tijuana Conurbation - An international metropolitan area with population of approximately 5 million
· Listed as one of the busiest international border crossings in the world
· Combined economy of $136.3 billion
· Among top US sex trafficking destinations
· 8th Largest City in US, 2nd largest in California
· 25.8% foreign born / 38.7% speak a language other than English at home
· Islam the fastest growing religion – 179% increase from 2000 - 2011
· 29th largest city in the Americas and westernmost city in Latin America
· Dominant continental multi-national manufacturing center
· Home to a global populace including Mexico's largest Asian population
These refugees, immigrants and other internationals certainly count among the worlds most neglected — people with great needs and few resources. They seek welcome and friendship as they arrive. Some need to be rescued from their captors. Many have need for the basics — shelter, food and clothing, for example — and they often need help learning English or filling out paperwork necessary to stay in the country. They also have the need to hear of Christ and the love of his people, as many arrive from countries with little or no access to the Good News of Christ’s love.
This summer (July 2014) the Wyatt’s are relocating to the Pacific Southwest Border Region after 15 years of mission service in Canada. Kim and Marc will begin a new chapter in their mission career as they align themselves with one of the busiest international border crossings in the world.
Videos about the Wyatt’s Ministry in Canada:
Providing a Home for Refugees in Ottawa
Welcoming the Newcomer in Ottawa
Making a House a Home in Ottawa
PARTNERING WITH THE WYATTS
Churches and individuals can partner with Kim and Marc to carry out their ministry among internationals along the Pacific Southwest Border:
- Asking God to lead the Great Commission Christians in the Pacific Southwest Border Region to share Christ’s love with internationals in culturally relevant ways
- Praying that God will open the hearts and minds of internationals, that they might hear and respond to the Good News
- Pray using CBF’s Monthly Prayer Update: Prayer Associates http://www.thefellowship.info/Missions/Pray
- Sponsoring a ministry project (For an updated listing, contact the Wyatts.)
- In your own community: volunteer with after-school programs, befriend a newly arrived refugee family via your local refugee resettlement agency, be a friendship family for an international student attending your local college/university, or volunteer in an English as a Second Language program
The Wyatt’s are committed to assisting churches and individuals as they sense their God-given mission to share the love of God in Christ in culturally sensitive and creative ways. They welcome invitations to consult with your church as you develop missional responses towards international neighbors and friends in your community.
More about the Wyatt’s:
North Carolinians and Graduates of Wingate University, they have been CBF global missions field personnel since 1996, serving first in Thailand and then the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada. Kim holds a Master of Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Marc has a Master of Divinity with Christian Education degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They served churches and schools in North Carolina and Virginia before their CBF Global Missions career began.
The Wyatt’s have two children — Rebecca Joy (Meredith College, Raleigh, NC) and Jon Marc (Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC).
CONTACTING THE WYATTS
Mailing Address: Currently on Off Field Assignment: 202 North Brook Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone Number: 910-632-4181
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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