I'm a full-time missionary. I've dedicated my life to learn another language and culture. Two of my three daughters were born in Ecuador. Yet, when I returned to North America for two years of study in 1995, I was amazed to discover that the mission field had decided to live in the U.S.
In my home state of California, for example, the white population is now officially a minority race. Los Angeles, like many urban centers, is now brown and black, rather than lily white.
Even the suburbs have been transformed. Entire suburban neighborhoods are now dominated by Vietnamese, Armenians, Chinese and Koreans. Mayan Indians have recreated urban versions of their villages in the Guatemalan highlands.
We in the small group movement have an incredible opportunity to practice missions right here in the U.S.
Open Your Heart
"Find a need and meet it" is the motivating force behind the successful small groups at the Yoido Full Gospel Church—the largest church in the history of Christianity. Armed with this principle the small groups at Yoido Full Gospel Church have skyrocketed to 25,000. How can this principle be applied in the U.S.? What are the needs of the growing ethnic population?
One of the greatest needs of those immigrating to the U.S. is to experience a sense of belonging. People from other cultures often feel unsettled, inefficient, and out of place. They've left the familiar to experience the unknown.
These people are prime targets of God's love. And there is no better place to experience God's love than in a small group. Allow your small group to be used by God to minister to these people. Become a home away from home to them, allowing them to see Christ's love in action.
This is more easily said than done. It requires sacrifice ...