Diaspora | North America

People Groups
Immigrants from various unreached people groups
Major Religions
Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and others
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The United States and Canada have welcomed more than 50 million immigrants, many of them from countries closed to Western missionaries. SEND’s Diaspora | North America workers minister to these displaced people.

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 people — refugees, economic migrants, international students and government workers — have arrived in North America, where we have the chance to sow the seeds of the gospel. 

SEND's diaspora workers live among the unreached in several distinct ethnic communities and engage people using diverse approaches that reflect the complexities of each group’s culture. Our overall vision is to share the love of Christ with diaspora people and see reproducing churches established within their communities both here and abroad.

Spiritual Climate

Many of the immigrants that we work with are very open to talk about spiritual things, though they come from different religious backgrounds, including Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Being overseas, they are in a place where it’s safer to examine other belief systems. Refugees in particular may have witnessed horrific acts performed in the name of God, which can make them feel nervous about pushy "religion." They need to experience real love, care and friendship. 

Team Goals

Our ambition is to love people deeply, help them explore who Jesus is, and see culturally appropriate churches develop that can reproduce themselves. We employ various approaches, but often start Discovery Bible Studies, which can then become reproducible house churches that spread throughout the immigrant community and filter back to people's home countries.  

City guides
Learn more about our outreaches in Metro Detroit
Learn more about our team engaging refugees in Clarkston, GA
Learn more about our ministry in Lancaster, PA
Learn more about our diaspora ministry in New York City

Opportunities in North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

NYC | Making Disciples Among Immigrants
Do you love sharing your faith and serving people from different cultures? Are you...
Term: Long-Term (3+ years)
Country: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Atlanta | Refugee and Immigrant Outreach
Individuals and families to join our refugee outreach teams in Atlanta, Georgia....
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years)
Country: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Detroit | English Teacher
Jesus lovers with strong interpersonal skills to teach English to refugees and immigrants in...
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years)
Country: Muslim Ministries, North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

Project in North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

Refugee & Immigrant Ministry
In: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Imagine abandoning your home, fleeing violence, then having to face a crisis in a foreign land where you don’t speak the language or understand the culture. Wouldn’t you appreciate... Read More »
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