Monday, October 8, 2012

Nations in our Backyard

The United States ranks behind only China and India for the highest number of unevangelized people groups within its borders.
This gets me fired up. It's a quote from a Christianity Today review of a new book called Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission Opportunity. When I was in college we had a missions conference that was focused on the concept of city. The President of the school gave statistics about the ethnicities living in the city that were astounding. There are, for instance, more Serbs in Chicago than in the capital city of Serbia, the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, and the third largest Czech population.

The thing is, the Protestant church in America sends missionaries around the world. Do we realize that the nations are in our back yard? If we do, and we don't care, then our missions passion is disingenuous and fueled instead by a desire for adventure and influence.

In 2010, the United States was home to 43 million international migrants, 20 percent of the world total and 30 million more than the next largest migrant host. Nearly 41 percent of the world's migrants live in the West, among them more than one million international students and another million refugees.... There are 361 unreached people groups living in the United States.
And let me just say that this internationalness is really my favorite thing about America. Truly.

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