Today, I spent sometime visiting people. A couple of the people I visited were elderly folks who were absent from worship last week. Two other families are people who used to attend services at the Kandiyohi Church of Christ but for various reasons, no longer do so. I always enjoy meeting new faces and hearing new stories. This is one of the best parts about serving as an evangelist.
One of the major questions I am trying to answer involves how to cross several cultural barriers with the gospel. The population of Kandiyohi County historically has been Swedish and Scandinavian. However, in the last decade there has been a rapid increase in two different and distinct people groups. The first group is of a Hispanic ethnicity and therefore is also most likely Roman Catholic religiously speaking. The other group comes from Somalia. Faith wise, the Somalians are Muslim in their belief.
I do not want to minimize the big cultural differences between the traditional caucasion population and the Hispanic population, as there are major differences. However, the Hispanic population is more acclamated to the American culture. On the other hand, the Somolians stand out more because of the dress code that most of the woman strictly adhere to.
Here is my dilemma: How do we as a church take the gospel to them. I know it must involve crossing cultural barriers and this is a conviction. It is upon the church, and not the target population, to cross the cultural barriers (as God did for us by becoming flesh in order to offer us grace and truth – John 1.1-17). Thinking about this will be completely new for this congregation (except possibly for a few members).
What are your thoughts?