Urban Migrants Missions

Urban Migrants Missions

Missions is from everywhere to everywhere in a globalised, borderless and increasingly urban world of 21st Century calling for a new strategic approach to reveal the gospel of Christ.  Migrants missions is a part of the growing global diaspora mission which seeks to develop a missiological framework for understanding and participating in God’s redemptive mission among people living outside their place of origin. 

 

Philip Martin in “The Global Challenge of Managing Migration” writes:

The number of international migrants more than doubled between 1980 and 2010, from 103 million to 220 million. In 2013, the number of international migrants was 232 million and is projected to double to over 400 million by 2050. International migrants are defined as persons outside their country of birth for at least a year. The largest flow of migrants, just over 82 million or 36 percent in 2013, moved from one developing country to another, as from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia or Nicaragua to Costa Rica. The second-largest flow, just under 82 million or 35 percent, moved from a developing to an industrialized country, as from Morocco to Spain, Mexico to the United States, or the Philippines to South Korea… About 60 percent of global migrants are in the 30 or more industrialized countries. Some 40 percent of migrants are in the 170 poorer developing countries. Almost half of the world’s migrants are women, 15 percent of migrants are under 20, and less than 7 percent of all international migrants are refugees.

Sadiri Joy Tira writes in “Diaspora Missiology” that “Diaspora Missiology necessitates interdisciplinary study of academic fields related to who, what, when, where, and how populations are moving (e.g. anthropology, demography, economics, geography, history, law, political science, and sociology) and classic missiological study (e.g. theology, missiology, biblical studies, evangelism). As a branch of missiology, the emerging Diaspora Missiology is a specialized study of missiology and migration theory, resulting in missiological implications for missions planning and strategy.”

 

SCGM has been working with churches and agencies to create awareness of the need to reach out to foreign workers in Singapore and to develop Diaspora Missiology or “Missions at our Doorstep”.  Many Unreached People’s Groups (UPG) are among us in Singapore and the rapidly developing cities of Asia.  Despite the strong reaction towards foreigners in recent years, we continue to partner churches in educating and developing a loving response to migrants (strangers) in our midst, recognizing that God in the biblical records, has always cared for and reached out to the strangers among the community of faith.

Partner and support SCGM as we organize “Ethnic Rhythms”  a multi-cultural concert in July 2015 to raise awareness and support for the work of developing missiology for Asia.

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1. Out of the 10 inspiring stories of missionaries sent from Singapore, which story do you like best? Why?
2. Do you agree that God has given children a sense of curiosity and a mind full of imagination? At play, they explore the world they live in. The school, the church and the home can provide wonderful opportunities for children to learn about different people and cultures in the wonderful world God has created.
3. How many types of occupations can you list from the 10 missionary stories? Have you started to think about what you would like to do when you grow up?
4. Can you match the missionaries with their occupations? Whether you are a medical doctor or a dental nurse, a pastor or a teacher, a business leader or a community worker, you can serve God in missions using your special interest, talent and training.
5. It is never too early to wonder about life. Many of the missionaries asked questions even when they were young. Some of them experienced bullying, disappointments, unhappiness and even family problems when they were young. They learnt about the purpose of their lives when they started talking to parents, pastors and teachers in church. Do you talk to your parents and teachers about your hopes and fears?
6. Do you realize that God can use your childhood interests, experiences and education to be a blessing to the people around you? Whether it is learning about science, geography, or enjoying the fishing at the beach or making music, it takes hard work to become good at what you like to do. So work hard, play hard and enjoy your childhood.
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