Category: Diaspora, Unerreichte Menschengruppen
I would like to suggest that in some cases a very strategic role can be that of a ministry facilitator for the overall diaspora of a particular people group.
This role could include:
If there is an active Bible translation team or church planting team in the native area they may well be too busy to also try to tackle tracking and relating to a broad diaspora, and a facilitator could be a welcome compliment to their work. A logical candidate for a role like this might be a former missionary to the group who for one reason or another had to leave the foreign field or someone who already has on-the-ground experience working with this group in one point of their diaspora and wants to expand their horizons for impacting the group for the Kingdom. In some cases that key person might themselves be a member of the people group.
I work with a relatively small (30-40,000 people) indigenous people group of Mexico based out of one of the key areas of their diaspora. Over the years my role has gradually grown into that of a facilitator of this sort. Due to a prolonged internal armed conflict 2/3 or so of the people have left their native area and my research suggests there are groups of people in at least 40 states between Mexico and the US, probably in a few hundred localities. Talk about mission impossible! While there is still SO much to do a lot of headway has been made connecting with people and distributing Christian resources in the vernacular. This role is great if you love variety. For me it has included:
I pray that God will raise up many others to take on this type of a role - there are so many people groups that would be blessed by such an effort.