Dear Friends of CultureBound,
According to the Pew Research Center, “The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2017. The population of immigrants is also very diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants.”
In this edition of CultureBound magazine we explore the intersection of three powerful ideas: Immigration, Culture, and God’s Kingdom.
Think with me about the immigrants of Scripture (Daniel, Abraham, Lydia). Think about the mixture of cultures as those immigrants learned to live with an unfamiliar people. Think for a moment about how God’s Kingdom calls us all to be “pilgrims” wandering through a land that is not our own.
Could it be that the current immigration around the world is also an opportunity for God’s Kingdom to enter new cultures? Could it be that sometimes the gospel advances not by those who “go” but by those who “stay” and receive the stranger?
As our world becomes more diverse, church communities are blessed with the unique opportunity to build relationships and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ across cultures.
CultureBound for Church Communities
In response, we at CultureBound are launching our new training program for churches who desire to serve new immigrants in their local communities.
Can we call upon you to support this new programming prayerfully and consider referring it to your church? We are also in need of underwriting training expenses for churches with limited resources. Your gifts to CultureBound these next months will have a direct influence on equipping churches to welcome immigrants.
For all who are CultureBound, may you have the joy of making disciples of people from another culture — whether they arrived in your land, or you arrived in theirs!