I pray you want to share the Gospel with the Nations that live next to the church. That is good but maybe you don’t know who they are or how to become friends. Ethnicembrace has good suggestions.
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5 step strategy to embrace the nations of your city:
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Ideas for Exploring: search the Yellow Pages for Mosques, Temples, other places of worship. Look for ethnic or religious associations, Chamber of Commerce, schools, businesses and restaurants. Keep a list.To learn more about a mapping project of your city visit USAPeopleGroups.com
We must pray then we must act while we pray. The following 5 steps strategy will help you think about how to bless the nations among us:
1. Explore your City: Diaspora peoples are living in your city. Begin to discover the diaspora peoples living in your community and neighborhood. They are everywhere. There is Public access information readily available from sources such as the U.S. Census, or websites like City-Data.com. Other information may be found in a Google search. Do this with a small group from your church.
Priorities: While every individual needs the Gospel who are the unengaged, least reached, ignored peoples of your city? What groups have no or few churches working with them? Make these your priority. Be strategic in being a blessing. Download a list of the USA’s “Least Reached” peoples.
2. Examine your People Group: After you learn more about who is in your city learn more about the groups that interest you the most. Select a people group and begin to study them a little closer. What is their religion? Where are they from? What are their lives like back in their homeland? What can we learn about their culture that may help us in sharing Jesus with them? There are great resources such as Joshua Project and Operation World to examine.
Get Equippied: You don’t need a PhD in mission to reach out with the love of Jesus but you should understand the why and how of cross cultural ministry. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is considered the premier equipping study program available today. Classes are offered in over 200 cities annually with Fall and Spring semesters.
3. Equip for Effectiveness: Cross-Cultural ministry has some minefields we need to be aware of. If we are not adequately prepared for the task we may not get every far. Understanding something of the cultural, religious and worldview difference of the people we want to reach is vital. How they think is often times much different than how we think and knowing this will help us to build bridges of love for effective ministry. Always be a learner.
On Ramps: How might you encounter people groups in your city? Go to where they are, visit places they frequent, reach out in the love of Christ. The possibilities are varied. Some as easy as finding a new ethnic resturant in your city or visiting an ethnic owned business. Others more involved such as International Students, Inc. When you go be sure to bring along the Jesus Film.
4. Encounter your People Group: Diaspora people are our neighbors, they work with us, they serve us in their restaurants, they are studying on our college campuses. Go meet them, welcome them, befriend them and learn about them. Find out about their lives, ask them questions about their families, their hopes for coming here and be interested in who they are. Invite them into your home, share a meal and engage in what they like to do. Go to their festivals, enjoy their food, visit their places of worship and read their sacred texts. Make it a group encounter.
Go: Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations and to be his witnesses wherever we are. He modeled Biblical community and taught his followers Kingdom principles. But what does that look like in our modern urban context? Our friends at Global Gates (NYC) and Glocal Missions (Houston) offer training schools for the serious missional leader.
5. Engage your People Group: The end purpose of mission is to make Jesus known to the nations. It is not to make people like us but rather that they become like him, in their redeemed culture. Diaspora churches must be planted among diaspora peoples for this to happen. This is a long-term process requiring proper training and full commitment. You might not be a church planter but you can pray for a diaspora church planting movement to be started in your city. Other good ways to engage diasporas include: refugee relief work, host an international student, teach ESL. Find a way to engage as you continue to pray.
Get Your Church Involved In Embracing the Nations Among Us