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
Connect with a missions coach to hear about other Diaspora ministries within the U.S & Canada

Opportunities in North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

Engage Diaspora
Do you have a passion for making an eternal impact by serving the needy? Join our short-term...
Country: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Term: Short-Term (2 weeks - 1 year), Short-Term (4-6 months), Short-Term (7-12 months)
Minneapolis | Refugee Ministry
Our Diaspora North America team is seeking passionate Christ-followers eager to guide others...
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years), Short-Term (1-3 months), Short-Term (2-4 weeks), Short-Term (4-6 months), Short-Term (7-12 months)
Country: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Michigan | Muslim Refugee Ministry
Do you love Jesus and have a passion for making a difference in a diverse community with...
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years), Short-Term (1-3 months), Short-Term (2-4 weeks), Short-Term (4-6 months), Short-Term (7-12 months)
Country: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

Project in North America (Immigrants & Refugees)

Caring for Refugees in Lansing, MI
In: North America (Immigrants & Refugees)
Did you know that refugees make up about 10% of the population in Lansing, MI? As the refugee crisis continues, our Lansing community is eager to lend a hand. To ensure the highest level of care... Read More »
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