Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Intercultural Missions

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

More than ever, we live in a flat, connected and globalized world.

I am sure you know individuals at work, at school, in your neighborhood, in your circle of friends, who come from different cultural backgrounds from yours. You also may have been to other countries on a vacation and/or regularly travel abroad for business.

My friend who was on the short-term mission trip to Ethiopia this summer regularly visits an Ethiopian service in Seattle.

Another good friend of mine is temporarily relocating to Bangalore, India for three months for business with his family.

A pastor-friend of mine was hosting a student from Estonia.

Adventure, our home church (300 in attendance) in a small town of Duvall, recently helped launch a church in the Philippines.

Our former neighbors were from the Great Britain and Germany. 

Even my mother has traveled to more than a dozen cities around the world!

You get the picture. 

Global missions is today not limited to reaching strangers in far-away lands. A mission-minded pastor whose church spends 30% of its budget on missions said that the new vision for the church's global missions is to see the diversity of cultures both near and far.

I agree.

Thus global missions in the 21st century is truly intercultural missions both local and global, including both our Samarias and ends of the earth.

"Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)