Reaching Diaspora, Cheers Matched With Outcry Over Roe V. Wade & God’s Soft Whisper
The International Mission Board says the nations are right next door. A quick trip to the grocery store often means running into your Somali friend, talking to an Afghani woman over a table of green peppers or chit chatting with a Chinese man in the checkout line. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturned the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade there has been a chorus of rejoicing among pro-life advocates. But the cheers of the pro-life community have been matched by the public outcry of those lamenting this court’s monumental decision. And, in 1 Kings 19, we find God instructing Elijah to go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence. Prior to Elijah’s leaving the cave, God passed by.
The International Mission Board says the nations are right next door. A quick trip to the grocery store often means running into your Somali friend, talking to an Afghani woman over a table of green peppers or chit chatting with a Chinese man in the checkout line.
Many of the 50 million immigrants living in North America are from countries where western missionaries cannot live. This means most have not heard the Gospel message.
Reaching out to different cultures and nationalities can be intimidating, but there is no need for churches to reinvent the ministry wheel. The Diaspora Mission Collective is gathering resources to mobilize and equip North American churches to engage people groups globally and locally.
Diaspora means the movement, migration, settlement or scattering of people away from their indigenous homeland. These groups are often found in urban areas throughout the world, but not always. They come as immigrants, refugees or international students. Everything is new to them as they adjust to a new country and culture. They are often curious and more open to new ideas than at any other time in their life.
Jamie Naramore, the cross-cultural strategist for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, has seen this curiosity that leads to Gospel belief played out over and over in his state: international students coming to saving faith in Jesus; new church plants among diaspora groups and churches reviving as their congregations become multiethnic.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturned the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade there has been a chorus of rejoicing among pro-life advocates. But the cheers of the pro-life community have been matched by the public outcry of those lamenting this court’s monumental decision.
The recent results of a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll (and others like it) that preceded the Supreme Court decision, revealing that 64 percent of Americans opposed the overturn of Roe.
Another poll, the Havard-Harris Poll, also says that a majority of Americans did not like the decision made the high court.
To learn more about the data and its ramification, read the full story at our site.
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In 1 Kings 19, we find God instructing Elijah to go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence. Prior to Elijah’s leaving the cave, God passed by. Then Elijah experienced a mighty wind, an earthquake and a fire. These might be the ways we would expect God to speak, in ways that revealed His power and authority. He had used fire to confirm His presence and power at Mount Carmel.
Referring to God’s coming judgment on a rebellious Jerusalem, Isaiah later proclaimed God would use these elements to exact His punishment (Isaiah 29:6).
For Elijah, though, God was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. Instead, God spoke in a soft whisper. God speaking in a whisper demonstrates His power.
Sometimes, we need to step away from the noise of our lives so we can hear God clearly. Elijah had fled out of fear and in doing so placed himself in a position where God could quietly address the distraught prophet. We can remember that God spoke into existence all that is. Paul reminded the Thessalonians that the man of lawlessness would be destroyed by a breath from God, a whisper (see 2 Thessalonians 2:8).
So many times, we want a bright light or an earth-shaking sign and forget that God is in the whisper. We do not need to run away like Elijah to a mountain to hear the whisper, but we may need to retreat, put down the smartphone, and listen for God’s whisper.
AL Baptists Work to Build Camp in Alaska, Empty Historic Church Houses New Congregation & What We Should Learn From Gen Z
There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else. Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. And, what does Gen Z need?
With a recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents. Author, speaker and a mentor to many, Rhonda Kelley was known for her vibrant spirit and dedication in serving women in the local church, in the seminary classroom, and at the state and denominational level. And, Augustine is credited as having said, “God had only one Son who never sinned, but He never had any sons who didn’t suffer.”
Celebration of New Missionaries, Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Catholic Church & Steps for Starting New Groups
62 new missionaries were commissioned last week by the International Mission Board. The celebration took place in Phoenix, Arizona. In a concerning turn of events, the situation for the Catholic community in Nicaragua has deteriorated. This year alone, nineteen priests have been forcibly expelled. And, Lifeway discipleship expert Ken Braddy offers tips on starting new groups in your local church.