The challenges of urban ministry do not prevent the Foundry Escondido from reaching people in the San Diego area for Christ.
“These are people that I see every day,” said George King, lead pastor of the Foundry. “Unfortunately, I see a lot of them making choices that are filling their lives with harm.”
Escondido, Calif., is a diverse city of nearly 144,000 residents, of whom 49 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent are of Asian descent, according to 2010 census data. Because the Foundry seeks to reach all of the people in its community, the Free Methodist congregation has developed partnerships with other congregations across cultural boundaries.