WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE BLACK MISSIONARIES?

Urban Faith | 7/19/2018 | Maisie Sparks
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If your image of a missionary is a woman who wears a white dress and sits in church with a group of similarly clad older women on the third Sunday of the month, you might want to take a second look. Being a global missionary today is far more than collecting pennies for foreign fields or spending your entire adult life in some remote corner of the world—unless that corner is a dream location for you.

Global missionaries are engineers who help to bring water to isolated villages, computer specialists who provide towns with access to the internet’s communication resources, and businesspeople who help individuals establish and succeed in micro-economy enterprises. Global mission has a new face and it also needs the faces of more African Americans who have a unique perspective to share with the world.

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“The African American voice and story has much to lend to global missions…inspiring and supporting causes that help to bring about justice for people groups around the world,” Leroy Barber, executive director of the Voices Project, says. Barber is the former global executive director of Word Made Flesh, an international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor, and author of Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World.

“Our history of struggle, of forming a vibrant culture within a culture, and of sacrificing for justice and freedom, witnesses to the truth that the arc of God’s love leans toward the betterment of all people,” he says. While we might feel a sense of being a minority here, we soon discover that globally, we are not.”

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Global missionaries are not always in the countries where they serve. Depending on the organization that commissioned their service, they are usually in the U.S. every three to five years for a year-long furlough. During this time,...
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