From the 2016 Annual Report.
Lawson Pedigo is a lawyer from Dallas. He was introduced to Redeemer City to City (CTC) by a friend who invited him to HUB Weekend in New York City in 2014. While at HUB Weekend, he met Stephen Murray who was planting Hope City in Cape Town, South Africa. As soon as Lawson heard CTC’s mission articulated, he became a faithful and enthusiastic supporter.
Lawson loves to take his adult kids on trips. They often go to global cities where they find and visit a CTC church plant. When possible, they share a meal with the church planter. They recently visited Olivier and Esther Engels and Matthieu and Christella Klass, founders of Église Protestante de la Cambre in Brussels. Lawson says, “You do the city as a tourist, and then you meet Christians who are ignited by the gospel, and it makes that city come alive in a whole different way.”
He stays connected and travels to other areas as well. He’s formed friendships with Leonardo De Chirico, pastor of Breccia di Roma in Rome, Julio Chiang, Director of the Lima Initiative, and Andres Garza, Regional Director of CTC Latin America in Monterrey, Mexico. Lawson says, “It’s one thing to phone or email, but there is no substitute for going to their city and walking their streets and seeing their heart—seeing that person in their environment and in their city, seeing their passion at work. There are men and women—real people—in these cities that I know because of CTC. We’ve talked and prayed together, shared a meal and met each other’s families. As a result, you are blessed from knowing that you have come alongside them and the encouragement is always mutual.”
Lawson would encourage others to do the same. He says, “When you travel someplace, get on the CTC website, and find a church plant and someone you can take to dinner. You will feel at home worshiping in a CTC church plant because the Scriptures will be preached with integrity. You will also have your view of God’s ongoing and very active work throughout the world significantly strengthened and expanded. Expect the church planter to say, ‘It is meaningful to us that you responded to what God has put on your heart to meet and encourage us. Thank you.’ It is humbling to have this experience and to realize how a sovereign God is using even you to complete his eternal work in that city.”