What is MERGE?
MERGE is an initiative, of Shine in the World Ministries (Shine) in partnership with Twin Cities churches, to bring the Gospel to both immigrants and the unchurched in the Twin Cities. Shine began in 2005, and was birthed out of a dream that God has put on Dr. Sammy’s heart to take the Gospel to all people around the world. Shine exists to proclaim Jesus Christ to all lost peoples around the world, to mobilize the local church to embrace the Great Commission, and to equip the present and next generation of leaders in their spiritual quest and service to God and society.
OUR IMPACT TO DATE
2,251,000 reached around the world
446,000 professed their faith in God
15,000 Community leaders trained in transformational leadership conferences
(All this was accomplished through God’s blessing and with minimal staff and resources.)
The nations of the world are coming into the cities of North America, specifically the Twin Cities. We launched MERGE Twin Cities to provide opportunities for Churches to partake in the Great Commission in our own backyard. MERGE provides opportunities for churches to participate by Praying for immigrants, by Caring for immigrants, by Sharing the Gospel with immigrants, and by planting new multi-ethnic churches. MERGE is a movement, not an event. Local believers are the hands and feet of Jesus, and we want to see them activated for cross cultural evangelism. Churches can participate in training opportunities, as well as events where the Gospel message can be shared in a non-threatening environment.
In July 2020, God has given us a vision to gather the nations in the Twin Cities at the Allianz Soccer Stadium. We are believing that this will be a catalytic moment that God uses to change our city. Inspired by the picture in Revelation 7:9-10, and of Pentecost in Acts 2, we want to see the Holy Spirit poured out and the ONE message of the Gospel received by the over ONE MILLION first and second generation immigrants from the over ONE HUNDRED Nations in our Cities.
How MERGE can benefit you and your church.
PRAYER – Unite in prayer with other Christians, churches and organizations in a movement of the Spirit within our communities.
EVANGELISM TRAINING – Many Christians have never shared their faith because they don’t know how or they are afraid. MERGE will offer Surge Training to prepare Church and Ministry Leaders, and Church Coordinators in assessing their church climates and rallying their members towards offering a culture of friendship to immigrants and newcomers. Engage Training will prepare congregations in how to effectively and confidently befriend those from different cultures and share stories of hope with newcomers.
WITNESS OPPORTUNITIES – Christians can use the Person-to-Person program to identify others who need Jesus Christ. Participants then build relationships with, pray for and invite others to hear the Gospel message at the MERGE Twin Cities event.
CHRISTIAN UNITY – Commit to becoming a participating church and join hundreds of other Christians, churches and organizations mobilized to reach others for Christ. Identify a MERGE representative from within your church and sign up as a participating church by clicking here.
NEW CHRISTIANS IN YOUR CHURCH – The evangelistic process is designed to connect new believers who come forward at MERGE events with local participating churches for follow-up and spiritual growth. Participating churches will be offered special discipleship training so they are prepared to receive new Christians in their church.