This week in the Missionary’s Toolbox, I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to a fascinating resource produced by USA Today. Over the next month, USA Today is releasing a series called “The Changing Face of America”.
This three-part work deals specifically with the rise of international diversity in the United States due to the “second wave” of immigration. The series focuses on the rapid international growth that started in 1970 and is completely changing the face of our American urban cities.
The big take home:
There is a lot going on in this series, and there are two more articles to come, but there is one big takeaway.
“The result: For the first time, the next person you meet in this country — at work, in the library, at a coffee shop or a movie ticket line — will probably be of a different race or ethnic group than you.”
That is big news, and it definitely affects the way we do the Great Commission. Times are changing, and so are the faces and worldviews of the people you will bump into on the street.
Check out the report here, and make sure to be on the lookout for the next installment.
Keelan leads the Peoples Next Door project and is a Senior Church Consultant with the Union Baptist Association in Houston, TX. He is working on a PhD in Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In previous years, he spent time as a church planter in West Africa with the IMB and doing ethno-graphic research in Washington, DC with NAMB.