For Pentecost, we had a whole team of people participating “up front” in worship at Church of Our Savior–a few from the United States, one from Haiti, another from China, one from Jamaica, and yet another from Puerto Rico. Even before that, twenty of our members processed their own national flags. One woman wore her sari; one man had his Japanese Bible on his lap.
One of our greatest opportunities for engaging the world in missions is our multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-lingual congregation. One of our greatest challenges against engaging the world in missions is our multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-lingual congregation!!
The African American Center for World Missions is one of the resources available to broaden the invitation to the whole congregation to engage in missions. Wycliffe Bible Translators, headquartered nearby in Orlando, is one of the mission organizations today that is pro-actively seeking to help African Americans engage in missions. This is good. If the Scripture teaches that it is healthy for the Church to exercise our spiritual muscles in missions, then certainly that Biblical truth is true for all the Church–urban and rural, suburban and inner city, white and black.