Acts 17: 24-27a
24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,[c] 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
The impact of globalization on our world, on our nation and on our city is unprecedented. The Peoples of the world are on the move around the globe. These changes are creating an understandable sense of uncertainty and at the same time we know the Lord is sovereign over these movements. The Nations are coming to our doorstep, opening up opportunities for world evangelization. These changes are actually nothing new (the world has always been on the move) and have impacted how PCPC thinks about international missions since our beginning 25 years ago. International missions is not something that happens over in foreign lands only. Perhaps the most significant impact of modern day globalization is that those involved in the diaspora (i.e., scattering or dispersion of people from their homeland) are now able to stay connected to their “homelands”. This means that reaching the Nations here is in fact deeply strategic for reaching the Nations overseas.
Missions and Church Planting has recognized this reality from the start and seen it realized through the integration of our ministry to Lao refugees in Dallas and church planting work in Laos. We have seen the the Lord reach people with the gospel in Laos through people from Dallas and reach people in Dallas through people from Laos. We have seen the same type of integration with ministry to internationals students and we believe the opportunities for this type of integration are only increasing.
Is God so adament that we preach the gospel to all Peoples that he is bringing Unreached Peoples to us? We believe so. Should our vision for church planting therefore be integrated with our local ministry to the diaspora? We believe so. Can we afford to foster outdated dichotomies between reaching internationals in Dallas and our efforts internationally? We don’t believe so.
This is what we mean by Global-Local Missions at PCPC: Ministry to the Peoples of the world who reside in Dallas but maintain potentially impactful relationships with their “homeland”. We seek to purposefully take advantage of these ongoing global relationships for the sake of the gospel in Dallas and internationally.
Our Global-Local efforts are expressed and deepened through Lao Presbyterian Fellowship, International Student Ministry, English as a Second Language, and Refugee Ministry. Click the links on the left to learn more about PCPC’s Global-Local Missions.