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“I think it’s a very good spot for fishing; probably the best spot in the world,” Moon says.


Life Mosaic, which just celebrated its two-year anniversary, is one of six new churches planted in the past year in the Montgomery County Baptist Association, which partners with the church.


Ron Blankenship, church planting catalyst for the association, says in the last 12 years the association has started 30 churches with an 80 percent survival rate. Not only does the area have diversity, but Blankenship says it ranks as one of the least-churched areas of the nation, according to a study by Dr. Curt Watke, executive director of the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry. Watke found that only seven out of 100 residents identified themselves as Christians in an area that also recently ranked number one in the nation for its affluence.


“That figure is astounding to me,” Blankenship says.


Life Mosaic is a missional response to the non-Christians of the D.C. area, according to Blankenship. They try not to limit themselves to the traditional models. Communicating across cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and varying levels of prejudice toward organized religion have created an eclectic yet thoroughly biblical church culture.


ACCIDENTAL COMMUNITY
From the beginning, the Moons wanted their home to be a casual, comfortable place for diverse people and unbelievers to gather. Jessie, who works full-time as a statistician, had met some Japanese families through her daughter’s school and invited them over for play dates. Those relationships grew and soon the parents started coming for English classes every Saturday at their home.


The Moons, who moved to the United States in 2001 after marrying in Korea, knew firsthand how ethnic families struggle with English and loneliness while learning their new surroundings. Both came to the U.S. to study—Jessie worked toward her Ph.D. in statistics and Brian studied theology while working on his English.


Brian says they wanted their home to be as inviting as the local Chipotle restaurant, which caters to a diverse crowd. Believing in building relationships before introducing the gospel, the couple methodically set out to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere in their home. They are careful as they present the gospel to nonbelievers.


“We just want to love people first,” says Brian.


Today, their home sits in the quiet neighborhood where the dot appeared in Moon’s dream.


Called Mosaic House, every room except for the upstairs bedrooms is used to foster fellowship, study and worship. With some decorations and festive low lighting, the house looks part café and part arcade—appealing to all age groups. The living room is equipped with computers and all kinds of high-tech video games, and the garage is used as a gym complete with a basketball hoop.


Downstairs, Bible study and worship are held in a cozy room, outfitted with comfortable couches, low-lighting and small cafe tables, where couples share coffee and cake during study time.


When Bethany Miracle first came two years ago to Mosaic House, she thought she had stepped into a coffee shop when she noticed the neon Starbucks sign in the foyer and the cozy atmosphere.


“I had never seen anything like it. Every week they kept adding to the decorations. Now I don’t think there’s a single white space in the whole house,” she says.


Other first-timers claim they thought they had come to the wrong address, never expecting to find the unique décor. Some joke and call the house “wonderland.”


Members Charles and Anne Ahn said that the church attracts non-Christians who may not feel comfortable going to a traditional church.


“At first, the music was too loud for us, but when I saw the young people enjoying themselves, I understood,” said Charles.


The Moons also wanted to provide people with another place to go on a Saturday night. This helps families with small children, Jessie says. The children’s ministry has really grown. About 12 of the children have accepted Christ.


“The children pray, and for some of them, it’s the first time in their lives they have prayed.” Jessie said.


 


Between 2000 and 2010 the Asian population in the United States grew by 43.3 percent— the largest percentage increase of any ethnic or racial group. Reaching Asians and learning about their culture can begin in your own backyard. Consider partnering with a local Asian American Christian group or offer to host international students from the local college or university in your home. By developing relationships that broaden your knowledge of the Asian culture, you’ll be better able to communicate the gospel to this demographic.


34 Summer 2012 • onmission.com

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