DIASPORA MISSION TEAMS
According to the Joshua Project, North America has seen the arrival of 138 distinct people groups that fall under the classification of unreached.
The United States and Canada are among the top six countries globally with the highest numbers of unreached people groups, characterized as those with less than 2% evangelical representation. A closer look at the 282 and 167 unreached people groups in these respective countries unveils a more concerning category of statistics—the unengaged-unreached people groups.
An unengaged-unreached people group is defined as a community with less than 2% evangelical presence and the absence of any active evangelical church planting strategy aimed at reaching that particular group. Currently, the count for unengaged-unreached people groups is 207 in the United States and 141 in Canada.
What are DM Teams?
DM Teams are teams of 3-5 students who are trained and sent out to gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada where there are large concentrations of Unreached People Groups. These teams are trained for one-week in Nashville before being deployed to major urban areas to learn about and strategically engage diaspora people and communities that are least-reached. This is front-line mission work which is accomplished alongside our mission partners.
SALT Next Gen is partnering with the Diaspora Missions Collective!
The DM Collective is a strategic ministry initiative forged from a collaboration between the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, Send Relief, and the Women's Missionary Union - all SBC entities - including seminaries, state conventions, and associations. The focus of the DMC is to get the gospel to the millions of diaspora people who live in cities throughout North America.
What do we mean by the term "diaspora peoples"? Diaspora is a word actually found in the New Testament. It means "scattering" or "scattered". It refers to people who have been "scattered" from their home countries and have taken up residence in a new land. Diaspora peoples are all around us. Some have moved to our communities as immigrants, looking for a new life and opportunities. Many have come refugees and asylum-seekers, hoping to find safety from war, persecution, or terrorism. Thousands more are young people who have come to study as students.
Why do we care about diaspora peoples? Because, here in North America, many people who have come have come from places in the world which are unsafe or otherwise extremely difficult to get the gospel to. God in His providence has moved in world events in such a way as to bring people who were unreached to now live within walking and driving distance of our churches. This is next frontier in missions - reaching the diaspora!
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