Reaching out to immigrants is a very strategic part of fulfilling the Great Commission. Often times foreigners are only coming to Australia to work long enough to raise money to take back to their home countries and support their families. Many of these immigrants are coming from places threat are hard to go into as missionaries. We need to take advantage of the mission field that is coming to us by teaching English, building relationships, sharing the gospel, and making disciples. These Christians in turn can take the gospel back to their friends and family at home.
Australia receives immigrants from many countries in the world, yet Christians may be only reaching out to small percent of the groups.
For us to be faithful in assisting our churches in the tasks of evangelism and church planting, we need an awareness of what work is underway so believers, churches, denominations and ministries can support and participate in these missions efforts here in Australia. We will not make significant progress in fulfilling the Great Commission in Australia until we take seriously the mandate to reach more of the millions of immigrants and hundreds of people groups in our communities with the gospel.
The fact that our churches (and thus our convention) do not reflect the culture should concern us. A lack of outreach on our part should give us pause. Believers in Australia need to stop waiting for a ‘melting pot’ to impact immigrants and instead make personal efforts to engage the first-generation immigrants around them with the gospel. Without a doubt, asking the question ‘Who is not here?’ is difficult. It requires churches to look inwardly at who they are and outwardly at who they need to reach. But we must ask it if we are to take seriously the command of Christ to ‘make disciples of all nations’.
Global Frontier Missions is actively reaching out to immigrants with the hope of seeing them reached with the gospel and equipped to return to their home countries to make disciples and plant churches. Refugees and international students are also a great demographic that we focus on.