Monday, April 12, 2010

Outreach To First-Generation Immigrants Succeeding, Needs Improvement

By Brooklyn Lowery

A North American Mission Board (NAMB)/LifeWay Research study found that while ministries across North America are reaching out to a significant portion of first-generation immigrants, much work remains to be done. Still, while evangelistic growth among these groups has been slow, the potential is promising, with immigrants from most countries considered somewhat receptive to the gospel.

NAMB contracted with LifeWay Research to conduct the study between July 21 and Sept. 2, 2009. The scope of the project included a qualitative phase and quantitative surveys available in 20 languages to missionaries, pastors and laity who work among first-generation immigrants in North America. National and regional organizations and professors who teach immigrant missions and evangelism also were surveyed. The statistics in this article focus only on responses from the 74 national and regional organizations, representing a variety of evangelical denominations and groups, that participated.

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat