Yared Halche Has A Dream To Unite All People in Christ
In nineteenth century St. Louis local newspapers railed against German immigrants. “They are everywhere, setting up houses in alley ways, littering the streets. There is German crime, German garbage and German political unrest all over the city.” The same things were being said in New York about Italian immigrants, and today about Muslim immigrants. We fear what we don’t know.
One denominational leader, perturbed over the lack of growth in his denomination, suggested the only way for that church body to grow again was for the families in his denomination to have more children. There is another way.
Steen Camarota is the Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies. Based on the most recent data on immigration Camarota says that by the year 2023 immigrants will account for more than one in seven US citizens – when that happens it will be the largest percentage of immigrants as a part of our population ever recorded. And this percentage will continue to grow. In fact, the Census Bureau says that the immigrant population will grow four times faster than the native-born population. By 2060 immigrants will account for 18.8% of the population.
Why reach immigrants? Luke says in Acts 17:26, “God created every nation and determined the exact times and places where they were to live.” If that is true, and I believe it is, then it is the Lord who is bringing immigrants here. It is the Lord who is bringing Muslims, Koreans, Arabs, people from China and Africa – most of whom would never be able to hear the gospel or respond in faith in their home countries. These immigrants are gifts that God is giving to the Church in North America – the way previous immigrants were gifts and helped us build a strong country.
What can you do? Encourage the efforts of people in the church to reach out to these “gifts” from God.
Find resources on the Mission Nation Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MissionNationPublishing/?ref=bookmarks). In January we launch our website – (MissionNationPublishing.com). There will be videos, books and other resources to encourage and guide you to bring the good news of God’s love to the peoples the Lord is guiding to us.
Heaven is not going to be a room filled with only white English speaking people. St. John gives us a picture of the heavenly church; “I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” More and more that is the case in many churches in North America. May it be so in your church. This is a matter for prayer.