"The Diaspora Initiative"
Diaspora is the scattering (migration) and gathering of peoples. It denotes people on the move, whether involuntarily (push) or voluntarily (pull). Diaspora peoples may be immigrants, refugees, temporary workers, international students, etc.
This movement of peoples has significant implications on how we view and engage in Global Mission. Mission is no longer a matter of geographical distance. The “West to the Rest” mentality no longer fits the global reality. We recognize the need to strategically engage in a new paradigm of mission that takes seriously this contemporary movement of people as God ordained for the extension of His Kingdom.
“The Diaspora Initiative” is a ministry of UReach Calgary.
Engaging In Global Missions
Representatives of the nations of the world are literally on our doorstep. Today, “Going Global” can be going to some distant land or crossing the street to befriend your neighbour. In Jesus’ great commission to his disciples, he challenged them to be his witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea, geographically close and culturally close; to the nations, geographically distant and culturally distant; and to Samaria, geographically close (now in Calgary), and culturally distant. The “Samaria Principle” is a reminder that God has given the Church in Canada an opportunity to reach out cross-culturally by engaging in mission to the nations right on our “doorstep”.
See our resource section for some excellent resources that will assist you and your church engage in Global Missions… to your neighbour across the street or to the “Ends of the Earth”.
(Taken, with permission, from “Canada’s New Harvest: Helping Churches Touch Newcomers”, by Brian Seim)