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"America is made up of everywhere."
The 2000 US Census revealed that more than 10% of the USA population is "foreign-born." A quick look around your local supermarket is likely to confirm that your community is alive with peoples and languages from around the world.
The name and vision for Ethnic Harvest comes out of an interdenominational network of ethnic churches in the Seattle area. Our website exists
Since the tragedy on September 11, citizens of the USA have become much more aware of the foreign-born living among us. It is America's strength that all are welcome here. Individuals from more than 80 countries were in the Towers on that tragic day.
Terrorism seeks to divide us. But followers of Jesus have a message of peace and hope for our neighbors. We must affirm the fact that God loves all people and that He wants us to love each other.
The staff of Ethnic Harvest pray that Christian people will reach out in friendship to their Muslim and Middle-Eastern neighbors. Get to know them. If they are afraid for their personal safety, offer to go shopping with them. Let the leaders of your local mosque know that individuals from your congregation will help them guard their property if vandalism becomes a concern in your area. Be a friend, with no other agenda, and God's love will shine through.
Of course, followers of Jesus do have a wonderful message of good news for all who ask. If your foreign-born neighbors ask about your faith, this site can help you find resources to share with them about the One who is your hope.
In many cases, your foreign-born neighbors may already be Christians. If they are, ask about their faith journey! There is much we can learn from our new neighbors, many of whom have remarkable testimonies about how God sustained them through poverty or persecution. God is so big, and He has revealed Himself in many ways to other cultures - it is a joy to learn more about Him through their lives. Perhaps your church can partner with their new church, sharing youth activities, exchanging pastors occasionally, etc. You will be much richer for the experience!
When we look at the church at Pentecost - the one church that God Himself instituted as a model for His people - we remember its rich variety of cultures and languages. The Bible tells us that people were there from every country in the known world. As T.V. Thomas has said, "Diversity is in the very DNA of the Church!"
We hope that this site will help inspire and equip you for cross-cultural ministry. You can find out more about Ethnic Harvest - who we are and what we do - in the Mission section of our site. The Sitemap is the best way to navigate through the hundreds of pages of resources available.
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