Change Happens When People Pray

Join our prayer Team

Intercessors wanted!  A great body of intercessors is needed to make any lasting change in urban poor communities.  Factors which hold people in poverty – corruption, spiritual oppression, systemic political and economic injustice, crime and violence – are not easily changed or corrected.  It takes a movement of God to break strongholds and we’ve seen it happen through the faithful, fervent prayers of individuals and groups.

Sign up to receive our prayer newsletter which only goes out to our intercessors and commit to pray at least twice a week for us. Share it with others in your community or church. Host a prayer vigil or a time of focused prayer and fasting.  

“One of the most convincing arguments for the existence of our great God is to see how lives and circumstances change in His name and how people have the power and wisdom to do such great work . . . receiving your [prayer] bulletin and praying is a great blessing for me.”  -R.K.

Invite us to speak in your area

With many years of experience at the front-lines of urban ministry, cross-cultural engagement and combating poverty and corruption, our leaders have gained valuable insights on the intersection of theology, missions, church growth, emotionally healthy spirituality, social change, economic development, engaging the powers, strategic leadership and city transformation. Request one of our dynamic speakers to speak at a conference, public event or lead a workshop or retreat in your community or church. You can be the one to spark great change by having the Urban Mosaic message shared in your area! 

Contact info@urbanmosaic.net for information to reserve a speaker today.

“Looking at the problems that faced the people and children in Mexico City I felt quite desperate, but after Jean-Luc’s sermon, I felt hopeful, encouraged!  His passion and commitment to Urban Mosaic is inspiring and stirred something in me to want to do more, be more, and to serve more.”   - K.B.
"Going through the "God's Transforming Story" completely changed my perspective on the Bible, its message for today, the church's role and my own calling as a follower of Jesus. It re-energized my faith, re-ignited my passion, and compelled me to play my part in the Story of God with his world." - CR
"Learning about poverty and city transformation completely re-shaped my understanding of mission. Connecting my own spiritual poverty and lost-ness to the poverty and lost-ness of many urban dwellers made me realize that evangelism goes far beyond bringing individuals to Jesus, but includes changing systems and structures that mar the image of God in the "other"."  - SS

JEan-Luc Krieg, MBA/mdiv

Jean-Luc, born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and of Swiss-German descent, is executive director of Urban Mosaic. He is a dynamic speaker and thought-provoking teacher who loves bridging the world of theology and contemporary issues. With his unique perspective of having lived in different continents and among different cultures, he enjoys getting people to wrestle with the Biblical text, their own faith and how it can make a real difference in the here and now. Subjects he enjoys speaking, teaching and leading workshops/retreats on, include: God's Transforming Story - Understanding the Biblical Narrative; City Transformation; What is Poverty?; The Integral Mission of the Church; Transforming Discipleship; Urban Church Planting and Revitalization; Social Change and Justice; Urban Spirituality;  Engaging the Halls of Power; Emotional Health and Resiliency in Leadership; Holistic Ministry; Embracing the "Other"; Finding your Mission in Life; Non-Toxic Philanthropy; etc... 


Oscar Reyes Garcia

Lic. Oscar Ruben García Reyes, born and raised in Mexico City, is Urban Mosaic's Deputy Director. For the past 19 years, Oscar has worked as social worker and project manager with different non-governmental organizations. He was involved in the anti-trafficking and child prostitution prevention program of Fundación Casa Alianza and was the Community Development Operations Manager of AMEXTRA in east Mexico City, impacting 3,000 urban poor families and mobilizing 12 local churches to serve their neihgborhoods. Oscar holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the Mexico-City based Escuela Nacional de Antropología, with a specialization in 'anthropology of poverty'. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Responsability and has participated in additional academic course work in the areas of community development and citizenship.


 

"Come and See" Weekend

There’s nothing quite like seeing the transformation in people’s lives and neighborhoods up close.  We invite you to come to Mexico City for an extended weekend to personally get to know Urban Mosaic’s work among the urban poor. Our hope is that this educational trip of discovery and encounter can deepen your understanding of the situation in which urban slum dwellers live and Urban Mosaic’s approach to bring about change.

 
 

What to expect

 
  • Learn - You will have the opportunity to learn about our change model that focuses on peoples’ empowerment and how we work together with local leaders to bring about change.
     
  • See - You will have the opportunity to walk the streets of urban poor communities with us; visually grasping the reality of urban slums. You will also be able to observe Urban Mosaic’s projects and meet with community members and project beneficiaries.
     
  • Reflect - You will be exposed to a line of theological reflection that seeks to address the challenge of poverty and urban slums from a biblical perspective.
     
  • Plan - You will be able to brainstorm with our staff to dream and begin plans for potential partnerships with yourself and/ or your church or organization that will promote transformation among the urban poor as well as in you and your church.
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WHO should attend

 
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A "Come and See" Weekend may be a great next step if you are a...

  • Representative of a local church or organization, who has a heart for transformational mission among the urban poor and who would be able to share their passion and learning with other members of their church or organization.
     
  • Individual interested in deepening their understanding of the challenge of urban slums, while seeking to learn of concrete solutions, and exploring ways to become personally involved.

 

Schedule & Costs

 
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Interested in joining us? Contact info@urbanmosaic.net with questions or complete this form to register for an upcoming trip..

2018 Dates: 

  • March 2-4
  • November 9-11

General Schedule: Arrive on Friday afternoon before 4:00pm and depart on Sunday afternoon after 1:00pm.

Cost: $150 USD/person (excluding flight ticket to and from Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City). This includes 3 meals a day, transportation and lodging in a comfortable and secure guest house just outside of Mexico City.


 

Testimonial

 
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“Nothing can replace seeing the city, the neighbors.  Being there gives you a sense of the pulse of the people you are seeking to serve.  This trip is an important first step.  Our trip enhanced our desire to become a partner.”  S.S.

 
 
 

Volunteer : From Near or Far

Be the “hands and feet” that help bring about change in people’s lives and communities.  Here are some practical ways to put your passion and skills to work as a volunteer:

 
 

Construction

Visiting teams have helped remodel schools, build ecological latrines and break ground on a life-giving retreat and training center for Christian leaders and pastors.  Donated skills and materials pair up wonderfully with the willing hands and hearts of community members.

“The very best part of our experience was working alongside Mexican and building relationships through fellowship . . . I go to help others, but without fail end up being a recipient of the blessings we find in service.”  J.H.
 

Medical

Medical campaigns form a vital part of our strategic health interventions in slum communities.  Professionals and general volunteers alike help provide care and gather baseline information crucial to planning follow up care on both and individual and community-wide basis.  Many new families are drawn to participate because of the newly available services, notably deepening our reach into the community. 

“We are doing much more than putting a Band-Aid on a wound.  With the help of ProSalud and the trained counselors . . . our patients for a day have follow up either with the local clinic or for social services . . .  the gratitude of the Mexican community is immense!”  J.R.
 
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Kids' Camp

Community children and youth are drawn in great numbers each summer for fun and learning led by program staff and  visiting volunteers.  Whether telling Bible stories, teaching arts and crafts, singing songs or joining youth in sports-focused day camps, volunteers help magnify the care given to each child.

“I loved seeing the kids and their families . . . seeing their excitement for the program grow each day was awesome!  I was sad to leave but it felt good to know the impact we were able to have . . . in such a short time together.  I am looking forward to coming back!”  A.B.
 

Share Your Skill

Share your legal, business, pastoral or other professional skills to strengthen community work or our capacity as an organization.  People with language and cross-cultural skills are encouraged to apply for short or long term assignments.

Contact us to share your ideas and get more information.

“I fall in love with the people that we serve.  Let God lead you to see and experience His love for the ‘least of these.’”  J.R.
 

Employment Opportunities

Whether your gifts are in language translation, field-work or administration, there may be an opportunity for you to serve with Urban Mosaic!  Contact info@mosaicourbano.net for more information about possible internships, short-term assignments and full and part time positions in Mexico.

 
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Resources

Check back soon to see new articles, research, videos, and more.

 
 
 

Learn More about urban poverty

 
 Download our report that explains our theory of change.

Download our report that explains our theory of change.

 Watch our presentation that outlines the gravity of the challenge and how we can respond.

Watch our presentation that outlines the gravity of the challenge and how we can respond.

 
 
 

learn more about our theology

Coming Soon

 
 

learn more about our organization

 
 Read our 10 year progress report to learn about our work. ( Reporte en español )

Read our 10 year progress report to learn about our work. (Reporte en español)