April 23, 2014

Cairn University Hosts Global Assembly on Urban Concerns

Media event: Thursday, April 24, 11:35 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Representatives from missions serving the poor in 40 of the world’s largest cities will hold a first-ever Worldwide Forum to discuss pressing threats and emerging opportunities. Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, will host this event being organized by the newly formed Global City Mission Network. The dates are April 22–24, 2014. 

Delegates are coming from places such as Delhi, India; Cape Town, South Africa; Stockholm, Sweden; Kiev, Ukraine; Berlin, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Nairobi, Kenya; São Paulo, Brazil; London, England; and urban areas elsewhere. Several major U.S. and Canadian cities will also be at the table. 

The city missions being represented are Christian faith-based, providing critical life-saving services to the desperately poor and chronically homeless. They also deal with refugee populations, victims of human trafficking, and individuals addicted to drug and alcohol. 

The event is being organized by John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He, along with Zuzana Filipkova from Czech Republic, will facilitate the event. 

The delegates will focus on the similar work they do, despite the many miles/kilometers and cultural differences that separate their cities. At the Worldwide Forum, these leaders will discuss their successes and opportunities, voice concerns and challenges, and offer each other proven solutions from other cultures. Some of the sharpest minds in urban ministry and social justice will give special addresses, helping to bring some of the biggest urban concerns into focus. 

If you cover issues such as homelessness, abuse, addictions, ending hunger, human trafficking, pandemics, and the like—and how the Christian community is engaging in social justice—you are invited to a media gathering in the University’s Chatlos Chapel’s pre-function area in the Smith Administration Building on Thursday, April 24, 11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

To schedule private interviews with organizers of the event, please contact Brad Lewis, Director of Communications, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, at (719) 266-8300, ext. 103; via email at