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Vantage Point: Intercultural Opportunities Abound

By Ken Horn
Aug. 26, 2012

Travel the world and you will experience a vast store of cultural diversity. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about international travel — meeting people from different cultures, experiencing and learning about some of their distinctive customs.

But you don’t have to travel internationally to experience these. The world has come to our nation, and many different people groups and cultures can be encountered right here in the good old USA.

I pastored in Davis, Calif., and Ashland, Ore., both college towns with significant student populations. Opportunities to reach people from all over the world knocked on our doors in the form of the many international students. It was wonderful.

Even communities without colleges or similar institutions usually have a population of people from other nations. Consider the abundance of immigrants, both current and descendant from previous generations. Then add the various ethnic groups that are native within our own borders. The tribes and peoples who identify as Native American are many.

All in all, the church that embraces these opportunities for ethnic diversity enriches itself immeasurably.

There is one thing that unites these tribes and nations better than anything else. It is serving Jesus Christ.

In this issue, in recognition of Intercultural Ministries Day, we look at what God is doing among just a few of these ethnic groups. Hispanic churches, which have become a major force in the Assemblies of God (and in the Church at large), are profiled, as are some growing Burmese works.

We also profile Charles A. Berkley Jr., a black pastor who leads an Assemblies of God church with a wide variety of ethnicities, and visit with Pervez Khokhar, vice president of the Southern Asia Fellowship, a coalition of 23 U.S. AG congregations. You’ll also want to read the inspiring story of Native American pastor Cregg Jones.

Our own Intercultural Ministries, led by Malcolm Burleigh, points out that the U.S. is comprised of some 500 diverse groups speaking more than 600 languages. The opportunity to reach every tribe, ethnic group, and culture, and every person who is blind, deaf, disabled or in need of compassion ministries is right in front of us, across the street, and down the road.

Let’s seize those opportunities.

Ken Horn
Editor

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