International Migration and Missions

Mission Field in Your Backyard

It's easier to move from one country to another than ever before. As more people from diverse backgrounds move into North America, how should the church respond? In this session from Missio Nexus' On Mission webinar, J.D. Payne, Pastor of Church Multiplication at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, explains the shift in global migration. As more people leave their home countries and settle internationally, the North American church has the unique opportunity to minister to hundreds of unreached people groups.

 J.D. said people migrate more than ever before in history and he estimated over 500 unreached people groups in North America. As more people flood into North America, we have the privilege of sharing the gospel with them. J.D. shared stories of people he knew who took advantage of meeting international people in their hometowns. 

How did J.D.'s statistics about global migration strike you? How does knowing the amount of unreached people groups in North America impact your thinking on missions?
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What stood out to you about the stories J.D. shared? Why? How could you use their stories to inform how you interact with people from other cultures?
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Acts 17:26-27 (ESV)

26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

J.D. said Acts 17:26–27 shows that God governs where people migrate so they can hear the gospel. How does the truth from Acts 17 shape the way you think about sharing the gospel with people from different backgrounds?
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Where do you interact with international people the most? At school? Work? Out to eat? How could you share the gospel with them this week?
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Mission work—sharing the gospel—isn't limited to international mission trips. You can tell people about Jesus in your own backyard. Ask God to open your eyes to the unbelievers in your life, especially those from other cultures. Look for ways to encourage them, serve them, and ultimately tell them the good news of Jesus Christ. 

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