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Getting to Know Our Global Neighbors

In some of the last hours of his life on earth, Jesus prayed for his followers. He was sending them into the world, he said, in the same way the Father had sent him (John 17:18). He prayed for them to be united so that the world might know God’s love was working in and through them (John 17:21- 23).

Globally, though, that unity does not come easily. We are divided by cultural and personal barriers. We are separated by fear and misunderstanding. To go on a mission trip is to step across a line or break through a barrier. It’s to seek to serve and understand those with whom we share the planet: our neighbors. Paul Borthwick suggests five ways we can strengthen those connections:

  1. When you come home from a short-term mission trip, think of at least one person with whom you can stay in touch. Or think through past short-term mission experiences and some of the local Christians you met. Renew correspondence with them.
  2. Repeat your short-term mission efforts to the same locale so that the focus moves from tasks accomplished to relationships built.
  3. Get involved in providing hospitality to international students.
  4. Get involved in local ministry to refugees and, through them, start connecting back to their countries of origin.
  5. Look around at your nearest big city and discover the immigrant populations and immigrant-focused churches that are nearby. Discover who is already in your midst and the countries from which the have come.[1]

Can you identify one local effort you can make in the next few months to expand your global vision and connect with those who are culturally different from you?

Image: Footsteps Missions.

[1] Source: Paul Borthwick, Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church? (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2012) pp. 190-191.

About This Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the e-Newsletter! Each issue will highlight upcoming opportunities to serve and feature encouragement and advice on topics like making the most of your mission trip and keeping the flame alive. We'll be sending a new issue every 2-3 months. Enjoy!

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