Agape Partners International       

Multicultural Ministry

    In 1800, only 2.5% of the world's population lived in cities. In 1900, the number had grown to 10%. Today, half of the world's population lives in vast metro areas. By 2020, 75% of people will live in cities! Floyd McClung the author of “Spirits of the City” notes, “Cities are the mountain peaks of society-trends, Ideologies, and fashions are born in the fermenting cauldron of city life- and then flow down and out to influence the populace.” Cities world wide including, Boston and Quincy share the same problems: single generation families; poverty; chemical dependency; mental illness; housing and development issues; gangs, justice and prison systems, prostitution; HIV/AIDS and much more. And also these swirling, teeming cities are multi-cultural (Jeremiah 29:7).
    We are familiar with the old adage that "birds of the same feather flock together", that is "people with the same or similar tastes tend to congregate together", as do birds of the same species. This is true of many churches today. We tend to congregate with people who are more like ourselves, with whom we share the same ethnic, economic or educational background. We naturally gravitate to what is most comfortable. As a result, vast majority of local churches remain segregated. And yet this is not the pattern set by the Bible.