BECAUSE OF social, political, and economic circumstances, people from various parts of the world are immigrating in unprecedented numbers. These immigrants provide an evangelistic and discipleship challenge which must be recognized. This is an opportunity for the church to exemplify love and compassion as the gospel is ministered to these newcomers.
THEREFORE WE RESOLVE
To receive these new arrivals with open fellowship, regardless of nationality, race, social or economic status
To create an awareness among the constituents of the Church of God of the needs of these immigrants, both physical and spiritual
To develop a liaison between sending and receiving countries, thus building bonds of respect and trust
To recognize the leaders among the immigrants and to disci-ple others to work within their own cultural group
To make existing buildings available for more than one lan-guage group
To pursue a vigorous emphasis of planting churches by every means possible
To recognize cultural differences and to allow for expressions of worship in the tradition of the immigrants
To weld the international church together by providing a systematic process for transfer of members from one country to another
To give ourselves to prayer, diligent research, and witnessing, to reap this great harvest during this last decade of the 20th century (63rd A., 1990, pp. 66, 67).
For over 125 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 7 million with a presence in nearly 180 countries.