天國視野 Kingdom Perspective
Volume 2, Number 4, July 2012
當我們的生活與事工在被封鎖了一年多, 於今年夏天逐漸地恢復正常時, 封鎖的期間是否給了你認識鄰舍
的機會呢？你是否想過一間身處於多元化社區的教會, 在新的“常態”下, 參與宣教的意義嗎? 我們在多元
這篇文章和另一篇短文的目的是介紹當機會出現時，海外華人教會 “為什麼”，以及 “如何” 參與 “什
地流動是現今的趨勢。根據《2020 年世界移民報告》，世界上每 30 人中就有 1 人是移民，而北美的城市
更是南北向和東西向移動趨勢中的主要移民目的地。根據普世宣教 （Operation World），美國超過 100 萬
人口的族裔至少有 31 個。如果你居住在高等教育、科技或商業中心所在的社區，很可能其中的主要居民
是非白種人。因此，宣教的任務不再是 “從這裡到那裡去”，而是“在任何地方向任何人” 。這意味著
我們生活在與我們不同的族裔中，並且有些人是來自過去稱為 “宣教工場” 的地方。因此，我們需要重
為什麼。 我們的神是一位宣教的神，而“宣教”是“宣教的上帝 (Missio Dei)”在聖父、聖子和聖靈之內。 ”
及以基督的名（約翰福音 14）差遣聖靈到所有信徒。這個使命現在擴展到我們身上（約翰福音 17:4）。我
們到他們中間，由祂的靈所賦予的能力，以及通過我們為祂所作的見證，將福音帶給他們。 （以賽亞書 43:10
-12 ；使徒行傳 1:8）
們是如何實踐我們的信仰。作為神國度的見證, 我們需要成為世上的光, 地上的鹽和山丘上的一座城。一旦我
體文化”背景的移民, 極有可能正在找尋身份, 以及能提供安全感和彼此相互扶持的一個歸屬的環境。身為移
民的基督徒, 我們因有著獨特的跨文化經驗和技巧, 比單一文化背景的基督徒更能接觸到其他的族裔。此外,
共同的移民經歷, 不僅能夠幫助我們同情和理解我們的鄰舍，還可以幫助他們, 在基督和神國度中找到新的
王以愛博士在已故的 王永信博士所領導的大使命中心服務了將近 18 年後，前往神學院接受裝備。她在金門浸信會神學院（跨文化事工碩士）和西方神學院（跨文化研究博士）裝備了她的跨文化知識和技能。自 2009 年以來，以愛 一直參與加州矽谷中心的多族裔社區外展。目前，她是 Community Vision International 的一名合約同工。 以愛願意親自或在線上與教會或小組分享她的外展經驗，也可以提供本地門前宣教的諮詢。聯繫方法: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glocal Missions – The What and The Why
Dr. Juno Wang
As our life and ministry gradually returns to normal this summer after being lockdown for over a year, has the lockdown given you opportunities to get to know your neighbors? Have you given thought to the meaning of being a church on missions in a diverse community in the new “normal”? Will our local missions to our diverse community have a rippling effect on global missions? The purpose of this and another short article is to present the “what”, “why”, and “how” a church in the Chinese diaspora can be involved in glocal missions when the opportunity presents itself.
The What. “Glocal Missions” means local actions in carrying out the missions’ mandate of our Lord which has a global impact. What is trending right now is the fact that people are on the move around the world. According to the World Migration Report 2020, 1 in 30 people in the world is a migrant, and North American cities are the primary migration destinations with South-North, and East-West moving trends. According to Operation World, the US has at least 31 ethnicities with over one million people in each. It could well be that if you live in communities where higher education, technology, or commercial centers are, non-Anglos are the majority residents in your neighborhood. Therefore, the task of missions is no longer “from here to there” but from “everywhere to everyone” which means that we live among peoples who are different from us, with some coming from where we used to refer to as the “mission field”. As such, the need is for us to reorientate our missional eyes to see the world from a “global” to a “glocal” perspective.
“…the task of missions is no longer ‘from here to there’ but from ‘everywhere to everyone’…”
In some ways, the early church was in a similar environment. It was set in a diverse and commercial center context with a dominant language, and they used these as tools for missions. The believers were multi-ethnic migrants who identified with both homelands and were bi-cultural. As first-generation migrants like you and I or the 2nd generation, we are like the early believers with a dominant language proficiency and intercultural skills, living in a similar context! We know the importance of honor and shame, ingroup and outgroup factors, hospitality, and building trust and relationships as we are from a “group culture” which is the majority culture of the world. With real time communication, migrants connect with family and friends back home on a regular basis. Therefore, as a friend of a migrant, you could become a family friend locally and globally. Our Christian witness then, is glocal – local and global all at the same time!
The Why. Our God is a missional God, and “mission” is “missio Dei within the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The
foundation of missions begins with sending among the Trinity, where the Father sends the Son to all peoples (Rom 10) who are created in His image, and the Holy Spirit He sends in Christ’s name (John 14) to all believers. That mission is now extended to us (John 17:4). We need to see migrants from God’s perspective, recognizing that it is He who has moved our neighbors here so that they might know Him. God has sent us among them, empowered by His Spirit to bring the Gospel to them through our witness for Him. (Isaiah 43:10-12; Acts 1:8)
God’s salvation is for all peoples, and it is the Good News. It is good because He has covered our shame of unholiness and unrighteousness through His unmerited grace; we are reconciled with Him; and, we have a personal relationship with Him. Our Triune God is relational, and we are created as relational beings. The greatest commandments that Jesus spoke of is to love God and to love our neighbors. We are to first love God through our vertical relationship with Him, and then to love our neighbors through our horizontal relationships with them. In addition, we are sent to invite all peoples to enter His diverse Kingdom. When we do that in obedience, we glorify Him who sends us. Our King is glorified through the allegiance to His lordship by all His created beings.
Local churches glorify the King by loving our neighbors and become the local solution for our communities embroiled in issues due to cultural differences. That means we are to be outward-looking and not to pick and choose whom to love in our diverse communities. As opposed to individualistic culture, people who are group cultural learn through observation and experience. They want to see and experience what being a believer is like and how we live out our beliefs before they want to know the Holy God we believe. We are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and a city on a hill of being His witnesses for His Kingdom. Once we open our missional eyes and see our neighbors from God’s perspective, we see opportunities.
Once we open our missional eyes and see our neighbors from God’s perspective, we see opportunities.
Opportunities. Living in a diverse community, we see people from the mission fields living among us right at our front door. This is a missional opportunity at our doorstep without travel, visas, or shots requirements. As migrants like us, they have families and friends scattered around the world. Furthermore, if they come from missions restricted countries, we can share the Gospel openly with them.
In their adopted country of residence, migrants from “group culture” backgrounds are most likely looking for identity and a place to belong for emotional security and mutual support. As believers who were migrants, we are in a unique position with the skillsets to reach other ethnic migrants than mono-cultural Christians. The shared migrant experience helps us not only to empathize and understand our neighbors, but also to help them find their new identity in Christ and the Kingdom. We could let them know Jesus, our migrant God who came to die for all peoples, and we are equally loved in His present and future Kingdom. Once they see, hear, and experience the Gospel from us here locally, it will be shared within their networks globally. Thus, our local missions has global rippling effects.
Conclusion. Is God trying to tell us that this is the time for us to reach the people in our diverse neighborhoods connecting local missions with global missions while we do not know when travel would be safe again? However, we do know from the Biblical, church, missions, and world histories that nothing can stop the mission of our Triune God. May the pandemic increase, not decrease, our involvements in glocal missions for His Kingdom and His glory.
Dr. Juno Wang served at the Great Commission Center International under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Thomas Wang for 18 years before she pursued her seminary training. She has equipped herself with intercultural skills at the Golden Gate Baptist Seminary (Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries) and Western Seminary (Doctor of Intercultural Studies). Juno has been involved in the multi-ethnic community outreach in the heart of Silicon Valley in California since 2009. Currently, she is a Ministry Associate of Community Vision International. She is available to share her outreach experience in person or online with churches or small groups, and for consultation. Contact her at: email@example.com.