MRT 12.2 (May-Aug 2017) Strangers in a strange land

Mission Round Table vol. 12 no. 2 (May-Aug 2017)

Ministry to Diaspora and Sojourning Peoples

This issue of Mission Round Table looks at ministry to “Strangers in a Strange Land,” people in migration or living outside their homelands.

We need to be aware that the movements of people bring opportunities for the gospel to flow in multiple directions. Moving gives some people an opportunity to encounter Christ for the first time and others an opportunity to take Christ to new locations. People who have encountered Christ on foreign soil and begun to grow in faith need to be prepared for the challenge of transitioning back to their home countries. Deeply contextualized discipleship is thus an essential part of mission to the strangers.

Publications on diaspora:

Charles R. Ringma, Karen Hollenbeck- Wuest & Athena O. Gorospe, eds., God at the Borders: Globalization, Migration and Diaspora (Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, 2015).

Enoch Wan, ed., Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, 2nd ed. (Portland: Institute of Diaspora Studies of USA, 2014).

J. D. Payne, Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission (Downers Grove: IVP, 2012).

Katherine Lorance, Borderless Prayer: An Advent Guide to Praying for the People on the Move (Aurora, Illinois: Reveal and Renew, 2016).

Luther Jeom O. Kim, Doing Diaspora Missiology Toward Diaspora Mission Church: The Rediscovery of Diaspora for the Renewal of Church and Mission in a Secular Era, (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2016).

M. Daniel Carroll R., Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2013). Robin Cohen, Global Diasporas: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2008).

Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori, eds., Scattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology, Regnum Studies in Mission (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2016).

Available for free download:

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Scattered to Gather: Embracing the Global Trend of Diaspora (Manila, Philippines: LifeChange, 2010), scattered-to-gather-free-download/

Chandler H. Im and Amos Yong, eds., Global Diasporas and Mission, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series Volume 23 (Oxford: Regnum, 2014), diasporas-and-mission-by-im-andyoung/

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