The Peoples Next Door Project is an effort of the Urban Resource Initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to equip local churches, associations, conventions, and others to discover and engage international people groups in the North America.
In Acts 17, Paul reminds his listeners at the Areopagus that it is God who determines the periods and boundaries of man, so that they can seek Him and perhaps find Him. God is doing something big, and he is doing it in your town, maybe even your neighborhood, right now. Over the course of 20-30 years, global migration patterns have increased to new highs. More people are moving from country to country than ever before, and many of those peoples are moving to North America. While doors into the hardest-to-reach nations are rapidly closing to missionaries, God is orchestrating a movement of these least reached peoples into the heartland of evangelical Christianity. The least-reached peoples are now in arms reach of your local church. So, the question is... what will you do about it?
In 1800, the best data suggests that only 3 percent of people lived in an urban setting.
That number of urbanites rose to 14 percent by 1900. This was the first great wave of immigration to the United States and the period of American city building.
This was the major turning point in global history. For the first time ever more people lived in cities than outside of cities.
We are not there yet, but some projections state that over 90 percent of people will live in an urban setting by 2100.
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