Reach the World Next Door

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Discover Unreached Internationals near you

God has sent people from all over the world into our neighborhoods and cities. Many of them come from countries where they did not have the freedom to learn about the Bible and salvation through Jesus. We need to know who lives near us, what they have gone through, and how we can help. We have the privilege of showing them God's love.

 

Discover the Unreached Near You

You can find out what ethnic groups live in a metro area near you by searching Peoplegroups.info

Here is how to get the most out of your search:

  • At the page, click on "Metro Area List," then choose your city, click and read the description.
  • Scroll down for a list of each people group and their information. You can discover if they are primarily Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc.
  • Click "status" to choose "Unengaged and Unreached" to know what groups have had almost no chance to hear the Gospel.
  • Click whatever group you are interested in like "Afghan" to find an excellent description of that people's history, culture, and religion. It also includes what cities in America have the largest numbers of this group and what their prayer needs are.  

You will be startled to find many groups that have only 1% or even a zero percentage of Christians among them. Learn lots more about unreached people groups at the following sites:

 

Meet the Unreached in Your Neighborhood

Once you know what ethnic groups in your area come from countries where there are very few followers of Jesus, you can look for excellent places to meet them in your city. Often you will find groceries and restaurants that cater to their food preferences. You may find certain areas of town where they congregate.

There is another way that costs a little money, but is well worth it as it actually shows what houses or areas that certain ethnicities live. You can use the Mapping Center or MissionInsite.com. 

 

Find refugees in your town 

Refugees who have just arrived in your metro area have special challenges and needs. They are especially open to new friendships. You can learn who has come within the last year or the last few years at the Refugee Processing Center.  

Here is how to get the most out of your search:

  • Select “Arrivals by Destination and Nationality.”
  • Select either year type
  • Use the calendars to choose the oldest date and most recent date you want to find information for a certain amount of time. 
  • Select the nationality you want to know or select "all".
  • Select your state.
  • Select sort order (either is fine)
  • Click "view report."
  • Click the list disk icon and choose PDF if you want an easy read.
  • Finally enjoy the up-to-date stats of people who could really use a friend in their new country. 

 

Search the internet under “Refugee Resettlement Agency”

Statistics online are useful, but you will want to hear directly from those who are serving refugees every day. Find and call the agencies that are working in your area. Ask them where refugees are coming from and what their needs are. Find out what volunteers can do to help. You will also find many ideas at this website under Help Tangibly.

 

Find International Students

Look up colleges, universities, and high schools. Ask to talk to the International Student Advisor to find out which countries the students come from. Ask them how a volunteer can help. Learn more at this website under Befriend International Students 

 

Prayerfully Watch for Internationals 

Talk to people you meet in the grocery stores, donut shops, and apartment complexes who look like they may be from another country. Find a way to be friendly and learn about their backgrounds. 

Pray for God to guide you to those He would like you to befriend. The story of Philip and the Ethiopian is an excellent reminder of how much God delights to connect seekers with believers (see Acts 8:26-40). 

 

Enjoy Making New Friendships 

It is so fun to make new friends with people of other cultures. They see things from different angles. They help us experience life in new ways. Getting to know them is more fun than discovering a delicious food, exploring a newly opened mall, or finding an unexplored path where you see cardinals and tiger lilies for the first time. 

Besides the fun of new friendships, many internationals have a different religion than ours. We learn fascinating things as we explore their values and our own more deeply. When we build international friendships, we will have the privilege of sharing with them the beauty of Jesus and the rich wealth of truth that is in the Bible. 

But where do we start? How do we find and get acquainted with people of other cultures? They’re right around us. Pray for God’s guidance, try the conversations and activities below and you’ll build some wonderful new friendships, perhaps even for eternity.

Suggestions for first conversations

Suggestions for ways to follow up

 

Related Information

Be Inspired by Philip and the Ethiopian TreasurerBefriend International StudentsBuilding International FriendshipsDiscover Amazing Opportunities To HelpDiscover Unreached Internationals near youHospitality HintsHost Students for a YearInvolve Your Whole ChurchLearn from Other International Student MinistriesLearn More About Where They’re From And Where They’re StudyingQuestions You Can AskTalking about Internationals