After speaking at a church the Pastor asked me to go to a Mexican restaurant. Apparently they loved mexican but they had to switch restaurants because of an altercation. One of their kids has taken Spanish in school and so she knows a little. When they were eating at their favorite restaurant, one of the waiters said gordita in describing one of the ladies while talking to a colleague. The girl understood and these church members were so offended that they decided to take their business somewhere else.
I told them that was interesting and it was the same way in Brazil. In latin culture, they are brutally honest in describing people and giving them nicknames. If someone is skinny, they say so; fat, they call him that. They are not trying to be rude, that is just how their culture works. Their response to me was, "well, they are here in our culture now; they need to learn it."
I both laugh at this story and am a little bit sad. Most churches have a heart for missions and are excited about missionaries going out into the mission field. But then they miss the cross cultural mission field in their very own backyard. We talk about being all things to all people, except when it crosses our political preferences. We have an incredible opportunity to provide a safe haven for people who have left all they know in order to provide for their family. What a chance to reach different groups of people (not just Mexicans) who came to the US to find freedom, and show them freedom in Christ! We do not have to use all those resources in going as much now, because they are here, and once we reach them, they will be the best missionaries to their own culture!
Don't let politics lead you to not witness to the international living in your neighborhood! God is bringing the nations to you! Do something about it! Get to know your international neighbor, his culture and give him the gospel! What a story to tell of someone moving for freedom or health or wealth and gaining eternal freedom, health and the greatest riches!
Independence Day- American church and hispanic church celebrate together
Missions Works! God chose to give us the Great Commission. He chose to use weak vessels to carry out the greatest task on earth and because He initiated the plan, it will be accomplished. The purpose of this blog is find ways in which we may be more efficient in this task. We would like to generate healthy conversation that will result in more results for our resources. While no article written here will perfect our missions methods, we pray that we can network together to more efficiently use our resources for the spread of the gospel. While there are many topics explored in this site, the top trends to raise our efficiency are listed both above and below to the right as links that can take you to an article explaining the why and how. Please, feel free to comment on articles and share this site within your network of Pastors/missionaries/friends.