In my opinion, A1:8 is more a series that we did here at NCC, it is so much more than a clever branding idea, and it is more than a strategic initiative for the next year. A1:8 is a God breathed vision, it is Scripture coming alive through God's people (Acts 1:8) it is a calling and it is at the heart of what God wants to do in our world (as I say this tears fill my eyes and I get goosebumps).
This is made so real through a team of NCCers over in Thailand right now ministering to girls in the sex slave industry, ministering the love and grace of God to those who are walking around without hope, ministering freedom to the captives. I am realizing more and more that Western Christians, especially many of us in American, have made the faith all about us, our comforts, meeting our personal needs, and what will make us comfortable. I think so often we are walking blinded to the injustices of the world and it is us the CHURCH that needs to be on the front lines meeting the needs of those who are suffering around the world.
I want to encourage you to check out the A1:8 blog...www.aoneeight.org/
I truly believe we should not think about going...but we are called to GO!