Migrating and Missions


reaching the immigrants next door

Key Bible Verse: But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. (Acts 8:4)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 96:3-10

One afternoon [my mother and I] were talking about a community in Laurel County, Kentucky, known as Swiss Colony. My mother noted that the name of that community quite possibly came from the migration of the Swiss into the southeastern part of the state. The more I though about the origins of Swiss Colony – an area far from Switzerland both geographically and culturally – the more the Lord started to stir my thoughts regarding global evangelization and migration and the opportunities for the church in the Western nations of the world.

The more I prayed and researched, the more I realized how the church was missing out on a significant opportunity to reach, model, equip, partner, and send many people groups back to their people groups across the globe. For centuries the church has been sending missionaries to the least reached people groups across the globe. While this practice must continue, we also must recognize that over the years large numbers of unreached people groups have been migrating to Western nations.

– J. D. Payne in Strangers Next Door

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