A missions group takes the Melting Pot idea to the American church.

By March 20, 2006

USA (MNN)–North America is changing. The nations are now in our neighborhoods. Interserve’s David Housholder says they’re dedicated to preparing the American church for intercultural work in their own backyard.

He describes the challenge of keeping a newly immigrated believers’ culture intact. He explains that they’re, “…finding a way to extend our ministry of love and compassion and the love of Christ to the people immigrating here without insisting that they somehow make a change to immediately fit into an American church situation.”

Housholder runs the EthnoServe Project for Interserve. The goal of EthnoServe is to inform, motivate,and equip churches in the USA to extend their ministries to the immigrant peoples in their neighborhoods.

Because of the scope of the project, Housholder explains that they need help to accomplish this goal. That’s why they’re part of a larger coalition of agencies supporting a global church body in North America.

There’s an Ethnic Workers Summit at the end of April. (Atlanta, April 27-29). Housholder says, “We hope that they will take back a new set of tools and ideas–how to use English as a Second Language, or other ministries of care and compassion, or that they’ll learn new ways of establishing the intentionally multi-cultural church.”

The Atlanta Summit is the sixth in a nationwide series of gatherings encouraging, enabling, and enhancing intercultural ministry connections.

If you’d like more information, go to: http://www.atl06.org.

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