At Sent Lab in Austin this past weekend one of the presenters had each table spend five minutes creating a list of people who they work with in their ministry setting.
Here are some samples.
Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, Peruvians, Guatemalans, Ecuadorians, Iranians, Algerians, Moroccans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Nigerians, Ivorians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Karen and Chin.
What is so cool about this list? These are not missionaries sent off to a foreign land. These are people here in the states being salt and light and sharing the gospel with the peoples of the world next door. I was blown away by the list and humbled to be amongst people like that. I am praying for them this week. Praying for the opportunities that they will have. Praying that more people will catch that vision.
We often look at the progression of the Great Commission in Acts 1:8 ESV
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
In today’s world the Great Commission is HERE and THERE. A church has the nations in their neighborhood but at the same time they need to go to the nations. One does not exclude the other.