The relevance of cross-cultural ministry is increasingly questioned by Christians today. Maybe not always voiced; but it’s a demonstrable sentiment nonetheless. The reasons for mission drift are rarely singular—but post-colonial cringe, post-Christendom insecurity, and postmodern relativism must number among them. Throw in global sex abuse scandals, toxic nationalism, refugee politics and compassion fatigue and Christians have found themselves in uncomfortable territory.
But I wonder if these factors mask an underlying malaise: a lack of confidence in the good news of Jesus Christ. Do we really have faith in his power to transform lives and communities despite the missteps of well-intentioned believers and false representations of biblical Christianity?
This edition of Go provides stories and insights into our steadfast belief that Jesus is indeed relevant to every aspect of our lives and the lives of people around the globe. We explore sharing God’s perspective on the value of all people, particularly women and those with disabilities who are marginalised in some cultures. From helping local Christian leaders contextualise their faith to harnessing the energy and capabilities of millennials, we trust that your own conviction in the relevancy of this work is strengthened.
Several articles also demonstrate how our own faith is enriched by humbly approaching the magnificent ways in which God works among people with entirely different histories, cultures and value systems. Cross-cultural service is two-way; we receive as much, if not more, than we give. As a supporter of global outreach, consider how your own faith and the faith of our nation can be strengthened by this work.
Opportunity and affordability, invitation and obligation—cross-cultural service has never been so relevant!