MEET THE TEAM
Before moving to NYC, Brian & Michelle Davis served in Senegal with the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 10 years. They were involved in church planting in close partnership with a local church that ministered among the local Wolof people.
The Davis family has now transitioned to ministry in New York City, where there is a significant Wolof diaspora (approx 30,000) and West African immigrant population (over 200,00). They have started an Envision site in NYC to engage with West Africans, and other diaspora communities, for the gospel, to develop young leaders to minister cross-culturally, and to build bridges between established churches and diaspora communities.
Prior to serving overseas Brian studied at Moody Bible Institute (BA, Youth Ministry), Southern Connecticut State University (Teaching Certification, Physical Education & Health), and Alliance Theological Seminary (MA, Intercultural Studies). He then taught in New Jersey public high schools and was ordained and served as pastor of young adults and missions. Michelle studied at Wheaton College (BA, Intercultural Studies) and Yale University (MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner). She then worked in a private pediatric practice and hospital setting in NJ as well.
Brian & Michelle have four children and they live in Manhattan. Brian enjoys rock climbing, being outdoors, and exploring with his kids. Michelle enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and watching her kids' faces light up when they learn new things.
Youth & Kids Ministry
Cross Cultural Immersion
ABOUT THE SITE
New York City is a global city. Oover 800 languages are spoken here. Immigrants from around the world have come for education, job opportunities, and many other reasons. There are more foreign-born immigrants in NYC than there are people in Chicago! The nations are represented in this city and God wants them to embrace Him here and share Him with their family and friends around the world.
We desire to reach those in diaspora communities who have yet to encounter Jesus to champion with those in the diaspora who know Jesus and are called to reach their people with the gospel. (A diaspora community is a group of people living in a place other than their country of origin.) In NYC, there are at least 52 unreached people groups represented. Of these "people on the move" around the world, almost 50% already know Christ, but for a multitude of reasons many are not able to join in God’s mission... Perhaps they haven’t been equipped, maybe there are fears, or maybe they just don’t know how to begin in this new setting… whatever the case, we want them to pursue God and His calling and help champion for them to be fully engaged with Jesus’ mission.
Even though the numbers of global migrants are significant, the percentage of the world’s population that is on the move is only 3%, and so we still want to be preparing disciples of Christ who reach both those on the move and others who live close by who have always lived in NYC. Our vision is to see diaspora communities reached and engaged in God’s mission, and we will begin among the West African diaspora of Harlem and the Bronx, as well as the Arabic-speaking diaspora of Brooklyn.
Trip Cost: $600/person for a 7-day trip
Intern Cost: $1200 per month
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