Join one of our diaspora teams!
From Peter Oyugi, UK Diaspora Unit Leader:
The Diaspora receiving region of AIM has seen activity in Europe grow since it was launched in June 2016. Last year we had four teams engaging in outreach among African diaspora peoples in Malta and Spain. These teams started off all together in southern Spain for three intense days of training and orientation. From there, they set off to their respective locations. They gathered together again at the end for a debriefing session.
“…but Jesus has given them new hope and life.”
It was a major highlight on our first day together to join the local church in Jerez in a baptism service in the Mediterranean Sea. 35 new disciples were baptised in a very public witness. There was much singing, joy and tears as, one by one, the new followers of Jesus waded into the water and made a public commitment to live for Christ. Many of these had come from difficult backgrounds, but Jesus has given them new hope and life.
After the orientation, each team spent ten days doing outreach in their respective locations. This meant finding ‘people of peace’ on the streets and hearing their stories of how they had got to Europe, after which the team members would share their stories and the greatest story of all – the story of Christ. We take the phrase ‘people of peace’ from Luke 10:6, to refer to those people who are open to hearing the gospel story and to sharing what they have heard with their families and friends. In some instances there were language barriers in communicating with people, but on the whole it was amazing to be able to use a couple of apps on our phones to introduce people to the gospel of Christ. These included clips of the Jesus film in most of the world’s languages. Interest varied among those we met, but some definitely showed an eagerness to know more, and even yield their lives to Christ. There was also ample time to relax and sample the warm waters and attractions of Malta and Spain, especially in the afternoons when life stops as people have their siestas.
Could you join a team going to Malta or Spain from 23 June to 7 July 2018?
You will be engaged in sharing your faith in an intentional manner alongside your teammates. You will also make connections with African people entering Europe to seek a better life, and introduce them to Christ. Many of the people you meet will come from a Muslim background and you may be the first Christian they’ve met. It is also a good way to gain experience in reaching those of other faiths and to understand the complexities and challenges migrants face as they move to seek a brighter future. It will also be encouraging to see how Christians elsewhere demonstrate their love for Christ, through a generous spirit of hospitality and a commitment to make Christ known to others as you work alongside national believers. Why not join one of the teams and see how God can use you to be a blessing to those who do not yet know Christ?