Tips on Mobilizing and Connecting

I’m very interested in adopting a diaspora community. Now what?

You need to be part of a team! Do not try to adopt a community by yourself. Share with your pastor and other church leaders how God has spoken to you and pray with them about adopting a diaspora community.

With their blessings, find out whether others in your church or ministry group are interested too. You may discover that God has been saying similar things to others.

I’m very interested in adopting a diaspora community, but my church or ministry group isn’t.

Keep asking God for clarity. He has reasons for putting the diaspora community on your heart and for putting you in this church or ministry group.

Discern why your church or ministry group is not interested at this time. If it is a lack of understanding the spiritual need, a Bible study series on the nations or diaspora might help. If it is a feeling of inadequacy, learning the stories of past and current missionaries might be encouraging. If it is due to an intent focus on another God-glorifying ministry, you may need to be patient for His timing.

As you wait, be obedient. Prepare yourself by learning more and developing relevant skills. Prayerwalk in the locations you are interested in. Cultivate cross-cultural relationships.

How can I connect with others involved in diaspora ministry?

Great question. There are a growing number of options for connecting with others. It depends on how and why you want to connect with others.

To meet and fellowship with others locally, you can join a network such as Borderless or a local denominational association which is involved with diaspora work.

To share ideas and learn from others focused on diaspora, you can get involved with a national or international organization, such as Ethnic America Network, Next Move or Global Diaspora Network.

Other questions

Who is a diaspora person?

A diaspora person is usually someone living outside of their birth country. In some cases, the children or grandchildren of such a person might also be considered diaspora people.

International students, refugees and other immigrants are all examples of diaspora people, as are visiting relatives, business travelers and other tourists.

What are the spiritual needs of diaspora people?

Some diaspora people have vibrant relationships with Christ. Having fellowship with, learning from and partnering with these brothers and sisters will strengthen the whole Body.

Many diaspora people, however, have never heard of Jesus before or do not personally know a follower of Jesus. These people need to experience the love and power of our Savior and hear of His Kingdom.

Why is Diaspora Chicago strategic?

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the Chicagoland area were born outside the US. According to Acts 17, God has planned where people live so that more people can know Him. We need to join God’s plan for diaspora people in Chicagoland.

By identifying and adopting specific locations with significant numbers of diaspora people, we are working towards seeing every nation, tribe, people and language worship the King of kings!