Imagine for your next youth mission trip you promise to take your kids on a cross-cultural trip without leaving the country? Is this possible? Why, of course it is! How you ask? Well here’s a few facts from the Center for Immigration Studies:
The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached a record of 37.9 million in 2007.
Immigrants account for one in eight U.S. residents, the highest level in 80 years.
Overall, nearly one in three immigrants is an illegal alien. Half of Mexican and Central American immigrants and one-third of South American immigrants are illegal.
The largest increases in immigrants were in California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
This means there are many opportunities for service, evangelism, and relationship building among people with diverse amounts of ethnic cultural heritage, religious beliefs, and good food! So next time you think that you have to go all the way to Africa to meet an African to share the message of Jesus- maybe you should look in your own backyard and think about the people who are coming to you on a daily basis! This might give you opportunities to expand your own youth ministry to many unreached peoples for the gospel of Jesus Christ!