Placed for the Gospel


reaching the immigrants next door

Key Bible Verse: “He decided beforehand when [the nations] should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.” (Acts 17:26-27)

Dig Deeper: Acts 17:22-27

From a human perspective, the global movement of people from one geographical location to another is sometimes chalked up to socio-cultural push-pull realities. War and famine push people out of East Africa while the promise of safety and a better life pulls them to France. A poor educational system in India pushes students out of their homeland to follow the pull of a better education in the United States.

God permits the movement of peoples across the globe in order to advance his kingdom. Some people move to locations that enable them to hear the Good News (see today’s Key Bible Verses). Others, who are kingdom citizens, move and are able to share the Good News in their new locations (Acts 1:8).

The opportunities for ministering to such people are as simple as locating them, finding out their needs, and serving them with the love of Jesus. Western churches can easily begin welcoming and serving the strangers next door with little preparation. As migrants come to faith in Jesus, there are numerous opportunities for equipping, partnering, commissioning, and sending those believers as missionaries back to their people to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches.

– J. D. Payne in Strangers Next Door

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