America is one of the fastest-growing mission fields in the world, the most recent issue of Unfinished magazine says, but if Christians are not careful they will miss opportunities to reach their "least reached neighbors."
The fall edition of the magazine, which is published by The Mission Society, focuses on the increasing diversity throughout the U.S. and how Christians can engage in cross-cultural ministry without leaving the city they live in. The diversity that can be found in cities and university campuses, in particular, provides both opportunities and challenges for ministries that hope to do mission work here at home.
"Acts 1:8 calls us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth while not neglecting 'Jerusalem,' our mission field at home," Dick McClain, president and CEO of The Mission Society, said in a statement. "Whether you live in Louisville, Kentucky, or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it is incumbent on Christian disciples to identify and then reach out to those who have had the least exposure to the gospel. The least-reached people may very well be your neighbor."
We have the words written above the doors of our church (on the inside): "You are now entering your mission field". That is so true. Everyone who is a son or daughter of Jesus Christ is a missionary. We are missionaries to our families, friends, neighbors, and everyone with whom we come into contact. Most people associate the word "missionaries" to those who go to a foreign field, when that is simply not true. Our mission is to spread the Gospel to every living person either by our testimony, our life, through verbal contact, or by Gospel tracts. (I'm sure Walmart gets tired of finding tracts all over their shelves!!! LOL!!!)