“We want cultural and ethnic diversity to be celebrated; not just tolerated.”

 

Our Mission

Saehee and I determined in our hearts that God had led us to minister to a specific subgroup in Southwest Missouri. This subgroup has many different titles: intercultural, international, multiethnic, minorities, etc. Whatever the label may be, the fact is this growing population is a harvest field ready for the love of Jesus Christ to be lived out and presented to them.

Being a multiethnic couple (I am Hispanic and Saehee is Korean) has brought a natural attraction and love for people who may not quite fit in everywhere. The Springfield Metro Area boasts a population of 92% Caucasians.  When people ask if it is viable to start an intercultural ministry in such a White area, consider that the 8% that is not Anglo is still 25,000 people. 

Many are immigrants who moved here for a better job. Some are refugees who moved here for a better life. Other are natives of this area but may still face problems of racism. Our desire is to be a bridge builder for the intercultural community into the larger Missouri community as well as a place where are cultural and ethnic diversity is celebrated; not just tolerated.


We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation. This is tragic. Nobody of honesty can overlook this.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What makes our ministry unique?

  • We pastor a church called Life360 Intercultural Church
  • Our leadership team consists of people who speak Spanish, French, Korean, Arabic, Swahili, and of course, English! 
  • We intentionally meet on Saturday evenings to foster a non-western style of extended worship and fellowship
  • Our weekend gathering begins with international food and fellowship at the dinner table
  • Ethnic diversity is celebrated through Christ-centered message, multi-language worship and prayer, meals, featured videos, and Garments of Praise (i.e. dressing up in multiethnic clothing)
  • Our Saturday service feels more like a family reunion than a traditional church service
  • Wednesday gathering focuses on the intimate and in-depth spiritual growth in various language groups