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Philadelphia Regional Diaspora Network

Philadelphia Regional Diaspora Network

Exploring ways to work together to reach the nations among us.

This network has been created to encourage, inform, connect, and equip God’s people to reach the nations among us here in this region, especially those who represent the least reached around the globe. We are passionate to see the good news of Jesus transform the lives of refugees, immigrants, and international students and professionals across the Greater Delaware Valley.

Our vision is to network churches, organizations, and individuals in order to encourage action and connect resources to needs. We want to learn from each other, work in collaboration, and stand together in prayer. If you have a diaspora ministry that could use partners, we would love to serve you.

What do we mean by diaspora?

We use the word, “diaspora” to refer to any immigrant, refugee, or international living or studying here. Most of us are particularly concerned about those who represent unreached peoples. Some of our diaspora neighbors have just arrived in the US; others have been here for a couple of generations but still maintain their unique culture and language.

How will the network benefit you?

We want to serve as a centralized “hub” (in some ways virtual; at times we will meet in person) to share information about ministries, needs, resources, etc. The Network will be shaped by the vision, needs, and volunteer efforts of participants. This is a collaborative effort, not an organization. As there is interest and need, we will host training and more. One of our projects is to initiate research about both diaspora peoples and ministries/resources in our region.

What’s included in the “Philadelphia region”?

Our focus is on the Greater Delaware Valley but anyone is welcome.

Who is leading this effort?

Our leadership team currently includes the following:

Shanell Greene—Head of Pray Fast Run Ministries

Shanell is a West Philadelphia native who attends Christian Stronghold Church. She launched Pray Fast Run Ministries in 2016 to challenge women of God through community outreach, vision ateliers, single-parenting classes, and fitness instruction. Shanell is a Bible teacher, consultant, and school nurse.

Theny Landena—Indonesian pastor and network coordinator
Theny is coordinator of the Indonesian Pastors Network in South Philadelphia and pastors the Indonesian Christian Church of Philadelphia. He also serves as a member of the Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee.

Sue Patt—Frontier Ventures’ Perspectives national leadership team
Sue has been on staff with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) since 1982. She has worked with the Perspectives Study Program for the majority of her career where she currently serves as an executive leader in the role of program director. She lives in Exton, PA, and works one day per week at a Bistro across the street to enjoy intentional friendships with Muslims in her community.

Debra—Church of the Saviour global outreach staff
Debra is on the global-outreach staff at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA. She oversees the volunteers and church activities that focus on loving international neighbors and students in the local community. For the past four years, Debra has been involved in the ESL program. Originally from the Midwest, Debra lived in an inner-city, African-American neighborhood where she was very engaged in community development.

Ellen Livingood—Director of Catalyst Services and Diaspora Network leadership team coordinator
Ellen directs Catalyst Services, an organization she founded in 2005 to help churches, networks, and agencies better connect in order to fully involve believers in global witness. She also served for 13 years as the director of global outreach of Grace Point Church in Newtown, PA. She helped to launch the Philadelphia Regional Diaspora Network in 2015.

Get Connected

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Subscribe to our monthly updates to stay informed about our activities, new diaspora ministry resources, and regional ministry opportunities.

Join our Facebook page

Search for the Philadelphia Regional Diaspora Network and ask to join. The page is private for security reasons.

Attend Network meetings

The Network holds occasional meetings to facilitate connections, do planning, and provide tools and information. When you subscribe to our monthly updates, you will be alerted to upcoming sessions.

Suggest how we can serve you

Tell us how we could help your church or organization better reach the nations among us. One of our current projects is coordinating efforts to map the people groups in our region. More information coming soon.