Mission Round Table

Mission Round Table is an academic journal published by the Mission Research Department of OMF. The focus of the journal is contemporary mission in Asia viewed from the perspective of reflective practitioners, whether active missionaries, students of mission, or interested supporters. Articles are designed to provide biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for thinking about mission and real-life examples that anchor the theory in practice.


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Latest Issue

Strangers in a Strange Land: Ministry to Diaspora and Sojourning Peoples
Mission Round Table Vol. 12 No. 2 May–Sep 2017

From the editor:

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.

Two of the basic biblical words for people on the move are the Hebrew gēr and the Greek diaspora. The word gēr refers to people who lived with others but were not family or who were temporarily living in a town or area. Today we might call them nomads, sojourners, resident aliens, or even illegal aliens. International students and businessmen, transient laborers, and even cross-cultural missionaries fit this description. The word diaspora is used to refer to Jews who were dispersed among the Gentiles. Only later was the word, by extension, applied to people from other ethnic or religious groups who lived in a land not their own.

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.


  • 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
  • Contextualised Discipleship among East Asians in the Diaspora – 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

PDF Downloads of Past Issues – starting from Volume 9.2 (Sep 2014)

MRT v11.3 (Jan-Apr2017) Mission Agencies in the 21st CenturyMRT v12.1 (Sep-Dec2016) The New Missionary Force: Missions from the Majority WorldMRT v11.2 (May-Aug2016) Journeys with JesusMRT-v11.1-Jan-2016-Tell-them-the-old-old-story-212x300MRT v10.3 (Sept 2015) Christ Meets CultureMRT v10.1 (Jan 2015) Fellowship and PartnershipMRT 9.2 (Sept 2014) Discipleship in East Asia

PDF downloads of volume 1.1 (Jan 2005) to volume 9.1 (May 2014)

MRT 1.1 to 9.1