Migration, Money, and Mission: Immigrant Christians and Global Proclamation

“Migration, Money, and Mission redefines the legacy of immigrant-led churches in the U.S., showcasing their profound commitment not only to preserving their heritage but also to shaping the global landscape of Christianity, challenging the notion that their influence is limited to local spheres. ”

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Migration, Money, and Mission: Immigrant Christians and Global Proclamation is a book project that delves into the world of Protestant churches led by Latin American immigrants, predominantly hailing from South and Central America. This manuscript provides an account of how these immigrant churches thrive in the United States and actively engage in global missionary endeavors. While various studies have examined immigrant churches in the U.S., there remains a significant gap in our understanding of immigrant churches, particularly those led by South and Central Americans. Most existing manuscripts have focused on how these churches contribute to the maintenance of ethnic identities, diversify the U.S. religious landscape, and aid in the adaptation of migrants to their new environment. However, few have explored the intriguing facet of how these immigrant churches invest heavily in foreign missionary work.

Migration, Money, and Mission bridges the gap between academia and the church by unveiling the profound commitment of immigrant churches not only to their ethnic heritages and members' adaptation but also to the worldwide propagation of Christianity. In spotlighting the missionary zeal of these immigrant churches, the manuscript challenges the common notion that the influence of immigrant churches is mostly limited to local spheres. Migration, Money, and Mission unveils a rich heritage of Latin American immigrant Christians in the U.S. and explores the intricate challenges and opportunities inherent in their missionary endeavors. These missionary investments often defy conventional boundaries, transcending race, class, and nationality issues, ultimately forging new paths that can reshape our understanding of faith and its impact on our world. This manuscript is a historical exploration that aims to unveil the complexities of immigrant Christianity while redefining the legacy of churches led by Latin American immigrants in the United States.