PCA churches take seriously the Lord’s command to be His witnesses “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The demographics of our “Jerusalem and Judea” are changing dramatically, now that 1 out of every 7 US residents is foreign-born. Among children in our schools – our nation’s future – children of immigrants account for an even higher percentage – 1 in 3 of all in attendance at many schools.
What might the Lord be calling us to do in this new environment?
Many PCA churches see unprecedented opportunities in these changes – vital opportunities for mercy ministry and for mission. They sense that God is bringing the world to our doorsteps in order that we may demonstrate His love and share the Gospel with people from around the world (many from unreached people groups) who now reside in our own neighborhoods or a short distance away.
For nearly a decade MNA has been nurturing English as a Second Language for immigrants, now hosted by approximately 200 PCA churches throughout North America. These ESL ministries have introduced many immigrants to the Gospel, and have encouraged the faith of some who were already believers, accomplishing much for the Kingdom.
We have been excited to hear about other vibrant refugee and immigrant ministries in which some PCA individuals and churches are already involved. And many others have expressed new interest in exploring such ministries.
MNA has established the Refugee and Immigrant Ministry position in order to offer a mechanism to share emerging best practices in serving immigrants, and to provide information, encouragement, and referrals to resources for those of you exploring these new avenues of ministry.