The 21st Century is marked by mass migration. Massive population movements of the last century have radically challenged our study and practice of “mission fields.” Where the church once rallied to go out into “the regions beyond,” Christian missions is currently required to respond and adapt to “missions around.” This volume analyses the development of missions to the migrants and develops an understanding of the contemporary church’s opportunities and responsibility vis-àvis Diaspora Missiology: “a missiological framework for understanding and participating in God’s redemptive mission among peoples living outside their places of origin.”
CIU Dean Ed Smither wrote chapter 29 ("The Brazilian Evangelical Missions Movement") in which he summarized some of the key findings from his book Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, which was published in 2012. A key element of grasping diaspora missiology is to recognize the significance of mission movements originating from all over the world.
Trevor Castor, managing director of the Zwemer Center at CIU, wrote chapter 37 on the idea of transnationalism. Through interviews with an immigrant neighbor from Pakistan, he demonstrates how cultural identities are negotiated through migration. This is also key to understand as we seek to make Christ known in a mobile world.
In short, Scattered and Gathered is a key resource for the church as we navigate the changing landscape of mission in the 21st century and the new approaches that are needed.