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.
Join us in worship, August 20 and & 21 as Pastor Dennis Perryman shares a special message, "¡Enviando!" telling how God is using Pastors and people of the Northern Illinois District to reach these new immigrant neighbors for whom Christ died.
Yes, you can be a foreign missionary! And you can be one right here in Northern Illinois!
Rev. Perryman is an LCMS Pastor working for the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (NID). He is doing development work for ¡Enviando! – a campaign to expand God’s loving reach to our Hispanic neighbors in Northern Illinois. Through ¡Enviando!, the NID hopes to ignite, expand and more firmly secure God’s loving reach to Latinos in Northern Illinois through the sending of missionaries and the launch of new missions. The purpose of his sermon is to help saints at POP to become aware of the open door that God is creating here in America to reach Latinos with the gospel. It is also to ask for financial support for the Missionary School and for bilingual Hispanic candidates to the seminary (which is outside of our normal protocol).