Migration is on my mind today. Migration in mission.
Last week, I spoke to a group of churches serving recent migrants in their city. I am so encouraged to hear of more and more partnerships like this. Such has not always been the case. Good things have been happening over the past several years. It is hard to believe it has been 13 years since the publication of Strangers Next Door. Though the branch of missiology known as diaspora missiology is less than 30 years old, migration in mission has always been a significant part of the missio Dei.
Migration in Mission
After the creation of man and woman as the imago Dei, God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill then earth” (Gen 1:28). For the longest time, I focused on the fruitful and multiplication aspects of this command and overlooked the filling aspect. From the beginning, God desired His image-bearers to fill the earth and enjoy His blessings as they glorify Him on the planetary temple. Such was only possible through migration.