Diaspora | North America

Engaging scattered peoples

Violence, economics, education — these forces push people around our globe. About 281 million people live outside their birth country; together, they would qualify as the fifth-largest nation on earth.

The United States and Canada have welcomed more than 59 million of these immigrants, many of them from countries where Western missionaries cannot live. In response to this great opportunity, SEND  launched a new outreach: Diaspora | North America in 2014.

Diaspora comes from the Greek verb “to scatter.” Jesus’ parable of the sower features the root of this word; some of the scattered seeds wither, others flourish and reproduce. Many diaspora peoplerefugees, economic migrants, international students and government workers, all scattered far from homehave arrived in North America, where we have the chance to sow the seeds of the gospel.  

Since 2014, SEND’s Diaspora | North America ministry field has worked in more than 10 cities and is currently engaging 16 unreached people groups. 


Our Diaspora — North America teams are always looking for new members with a heart to reach the unreached. 


Support specific needs and projects engaging diaspora peoples.


Explore opportunities to introduce the gospel to diaspora peoples. 

Resources for connecting with diaspora peoples

SEND Hope & Light: A rich collection of resources for reaching out to Muslims 

Reaching International Students: Nine compelling reasons local churches should reach out to the international students in their communities — plus four practical ways to start building bridges without leaving home. 

Diaspora statistics

America’s source of immigrants        

Scripture and immigration

The Hebrew word ger, the closest word to our concept of an immigrant, appears 92 times in the Old Testament alone.

Videos about diaspora ministry

The Foreigner Among Us 

God’s Heart for the Foreigner 

NYCIP Equip 

Reaching Internationals 

Clarkston, Georgia – the most diverse square mile in America          


How Can the Church Respond to the Global Refugee Crisis?   

What is Diaspora Ministry?