Recently the Wake County Board of Commissioners announced that Wake County has reached a population of 1 Million People. This number matches the anticipated population predicted by experts a decade ago. Further, there is no sign of an easing to the growth percentages. In fact, this week Charlotte, NC's NPR affiliate, WFAE 90.7, has reported the United Nations' World Urbanization prospectus, which predicts the population growth of the world's cities. These projections predict that Raleigh's population will grow by 71% over the next fifteen years, faster than any other large city in the United States. You can read about it more here.
Experts quoted in the brief article point to a significant increase of foreign immigration as a major factor in the growth projections. Whereas New York City served as the primary entrance for immigrants into the US in decades past, now Immigrants are settling in all over the country, especially in the triangle where the education and economic environment is friendly to those born internationally.
The implications of these growth statistics are significant. How should the church respond? How should you respond in light of our Lord's commission to go and make disciples of all nations? Thankfully, World Relief, an organization historically devoted to assisting refugees is assisting the church in significant ways to make disciples among the people groups living in our community. Their research and ministry experience has helped reveal the diversity of those living among us and they are actively producing ways to equip the church to reach them for Jesus.
Will you join us in praying for the ones moving here? How will you be involved in welcoming and befriending those who are new to our community? Will you share the gospel with these people from the nations now living among us?