Have you ever longed to be a missionary to a foreign land? Did you know that there is a very important foreign mission field right on your doorstep, right here in our homeland? The United States accepts more refugees, and more immigrants than any other country of the World.
Since 1965, 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S., the greatest number coming in the last ten to fifteen years. These foreign immigrants have accounted for over fifty percent of this nation's population growth between 2015 and 2065. According to the Pew Research Center, during the next fifty years these foreign immigrants are projected to account for 88 percent of the U.S population increase. (www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/28)
The largest group of these immigrants is Hispanic and northern Illinois, the greater Chicago metropolitan area, has the fifth largest concentration of Hispanics in the U.S.A.
Many people debate the advantages and disadvantages of this influx of people—from job availability, to legal status, whether people should speak the English language, and on and on. All of these debates are valid and the issues need to be addressed. But the church only needs to find the answer to one question. Have these people ever heard the Gospel? How can we minister to such a large number of people? We can be sure of one thing: the soul of every man, woman, and child coming to America is important to God.