Welcome the Stranger!

6 04 2019

welcome the strangerAbsolutely amazing!

For years Christians have prayed for missionaries and countries that need to hear about Jesus Christ.  Many prayer meetings have been held.  Many prayer cards have been distributed and prayed over with great care and compassion.  Especially prayed for, were the countries where missionaries could not go.  Open doors were desired and prayers and petitions were made to God to open the door.

But God has chosen some different ways.  In His infinite wisdom and love to reach all tribes and peoples around the world He has “opened the doors” in a different way. Where our missionaries could not go, the people have come to the “missionaries” here.  Many groups of people have arrived on our soil and need to hear the message we wanted to tell them in their own country.  What a wonderful new concept.

                                         We can’t go to them.  God is sending them to us!!!

Just this past week I heard about a people group that was listed a few years back as one of the least reached people groups in the world.  No one was allowed to go to them and no Gospel or Bible portion was written in their language.

But now some of these people live less than 10 miles from me, having migrated here in the last few years.  They are in my neighborhood! And some Christian lay people are reaching out to them and helping them learn English with hopes of sharing the story of God’s Love for them.  Audio versions of parts of the Bible have been made for them in their first “hear” language.

                                           We can’t go to them.  God has sent them to us!!!

God is bringing people to us and we are given the privilege of loving and caring for them exactly as if we sent missionaries to them.  And for our missionary budgets, it is cheaper!  Every lay person can help and not leave their own homeland.  They just have to leave the comfort of their own home and venture out and meet people who would love to have friendship and kindness.  Walk across the room; walk across the street.

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV)

 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”