MRT 12.2 May 2017 – Strangers in a Strange Land

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

Loving the stranger begins with loving the God who loves the stranger. Only as we get to know the strangers in our midst can they become our friends. And only as we share Christ with them can they become, not strangers and aliens, but family members.

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.

Contents

Missional Migration – Lightyear

Hopes, Dreams, and Dangers: Nepali Young People and the Next Generations of the Church in the UK – Richard Evans

Diaspora Mission to, through, and from Diaspora: Foundations and Demonstrations Drawn from International Student Contexts – Terry McGrath and Victoria Sibley-Bentley

Multi-dimensional Discipling for Diaspora Communities: Partnerships between Host Church, Ethnic Church, and Parachurch Organizations – Carolyn Kemp

Preparing Diaspora Converts for their Return to East Asia – Stuart Bullington

“Going Home is Not What I Thought it would be”: The Unique Challenges Faced by Returnees – Pete

Japanese Cultural Dynamics: Their Influence on Japanese Abroad and their Impact on their Return – Graham Orr

International Friends – Claire McConnell

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