History tells us that the Chinese and the Irish and other nationalities were treated like second-class citizens when they first arrived in North America. Remember the fear when a Catholic (John F. Kennedy) became president of the United States?
The more things change the more they stay the same. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps God is bringing us a mission field? I can’t go to India or Pakistan, Syria, Russia or Asia, but I can tell my neighbor about Jesus. It’s our fields that are white with harvest now, not some strange foreign land where we would have to learn new customs and eat unknown foods. No. Our fields are here and now. If we will look past our fear, we will see that for ourselves.
Note that Jesus sent his disciples into the fields within their view, and he followed them.
The Lord chose and appointed seventy others and sent them out ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come (visit). And He said to them, The harvest indeed is abundant [there is much ripe grain], but the farmhands are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:1-2, AMP)
Prayer- Lord give us the grace to get over our fear of the unknown and welcome newcomers into our lives, our homes and our churches. In Christ’s name. Amen.