In this episode, we’re going to talk about reaching the community, changing the world, and including all the foreign born internationals living in our community. We will talk about how we can have an impact right here in our own backyard by simply building a friendship for the purposes of the gospel with the foreign born internationals living in our community.
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Full Show Notes
Reach the Community and Change the World – With Podcast Host, Pastor K
“For the son of man came to seek and to save those who are lost.” – Luke 19:10
“I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” – Matthew 16:18
As believers, we have been given a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of our street address, zip code, community, and nation. We need to understand that if we reach our community and we are merely reaching people just like us, we can go change people just like us, but that’s not the world. We need to realize that there is a variety of skin tone, languages, and cultures all over the world. And we need to reach those communities in order to change the world.
The community that used to be all white has obviously become a mix of blacks and whites. The community that used to be all black has become a mix of blacks and whites. And in the last five or ten years, all of those communities throughout the entire USA and even around the world, have become even more diverse. Where we have whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians all living in the same community, we have an opportunity to reach the community and change the world.
The church today spends more of its resources getting people to come into the church than getting people to become the church. As far as going out, Jesus said, “come follow me”. And as soon as He says that, He actually says, “now go ye therefore out into the world, the church”. We need to reach the entire face of our community – the white, the black, the Hispanic, the Asian – all of the foreign born internationals, along with the people who have been born in our community. We have an opportunity when we make Christ known among the foreign born internationals living and our community. The potential for you and I to change the world dramatically increases.
God is entrusting the church in the USA with this opportunity to reach foreign born internationals. When we do, we then have the capacity, the opportunity, the potential of changing the world. They partner with us in the great commission. And that’s an opportunity that not enough churches in the USA are seizing in this moment and in this time. But if you will begin to pray and you will begin to ask God to position you in the lives of foreign born internationals to cross your path with them. And you just began to simply become a friend, get to know them, know their names, know their face, recognize them, have a friendship with them; you will be amazed at the power of the gospel that can be unleashed through you and to their life.
Global Hope India: For over 20 years we have been watching God radically transform thousands of Americans & Indian Nationals through missions. We’ve taken nearly 1,000 Americans on short-term mission trips to India. We work with 12 long-term indigenous church planting partners located in North, South, East, & West mainland India as well as Northeast India. We empower The Church in India to make Christ known through leadership, child, & village development projects. Global Hope India is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Morrisville, North Carolina. All gifts are tax-deductible. More about GHI.
Living the Dream Podcast: The Living the Dream podcast is where Church staff and volunteers get comfortable and aligned with the reality that God is moving millions of foreign-born internationals into our communities. We focus on this incredible opportunity God is giving us to change the world! We know how this story ends! Rev 7:9-12 shows us a Church filled with EVERY nation, tribe, & tongue gathered together worshipping Jesus. Welcome to Living the Dream podcast where we help The Church be on earth as it is in heaven. More about Living the Dream Podcast.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream Podcast. He’s a poor kid from rural North Carolina, but get this… He just returned from his 50th trip to India in 20 years. If he doesn’t yet hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most trips to India then he’s got to be close. He’s flown over a million miles to 27 different countries. He’s taken nearly 1,000 people on mission trips to India. Global Hope India has seen thousands of Indian Nationals and Americans radically transformed by God through missions. The miracle continues! More about Pastor Kevin.