Welcome to ethNYcity
The 2010 Global Cities Index ranked NYC as the world’s top global city. At a time when technology has connected the entire world, New York’s large and diverse immigrant population coupled with its global influence make Metro New York one of the most strategic places at the most strategic time in history to “make disciples of all nations.” Consider this…
- If the members of unreached people groups living in Metro New York were collectively counted as a city, they would form the second largest city in the United States.
- There are over 2 million Jews in Metro New York, which makes up the 2nd largest Jewish population of any Metropolitan area in the world.
- There are over 800,000 Muslims in the New York City area. This means that 1 out of every 10 Muslims in the US live in the New York City area.
- Over 400,000 Hindus live in Metro NY with very little Gospel witness.
- NYC is home to some of the best universities in the US including Columbia University and NYU. Over 50,000 international students and scholars, many from unreached people groups and least evangelized countries, come here to study every year.
- There are over 650,000 Chinese living in Metro New York–the largest number of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere.
- Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the US and half of the people in Queens were born in another country. Around 60-65% of NYC is foreign-born or children of foreign-born.
- Approximately 800 languages are spoken in NYC making it one of, if not the most, linguistically diverse cities in the world. Over 48% of New York residents speak a language other than English in their homes.
- NYC serves as the American hub for East Asians, South Asians, West Africans, Caribbeans, South Americans, Russians, and others.
Trends indicate that by the year 2030 over 75% of the world’s population will live in major cities. Because cities are the influential centers, the effect of ministry to unreached people groups residing in these cities goes beyond the borders of the city into the world. The world’s demographics continue to change as people groups migrate and move into foreign international cities. Many of these people represent the influential thinkers and policy makers of their nations and networks. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to reach people with the gospel who can have a powerful voice to their own people and in their native lands. Enter into ethNYcity and enter into God’s plan for the world!
People Group of the Day
Belarusians in Metro New York
Place of Origin: Belarus
Location in Metro New York: New Jersey (South River, New Brunswick); South Brooklyn
Population in Metro New York: 55,000 (Community Estimate)
Population in New York City:
Primary Religion: Jews: nonreligious; ethnic Belarusians: Christianity (Russian Orthodox)
Secondary Religion: Jews: Judaism; ethnic Belarusians: Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Status of Christian Witness: Less than 2% evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within the past two years.
Primary Languages: Belarusian, Russian,
- In 1995, Belarus declared that Russian would be added along- side Belarusian as an official language of the country. Since then, support for Belarusian language and culture has dwindled.
- Depending on where they lived in Belarus, immigrants from Belarus might identify themselves as Russian, or as the case is with many in Chicago, as Polish.
- Some Belarusians object to the names “Byelorussia” or “Byelorussian,” because of their association with Russia and Soviet rule.
- Historically, Belarusians have been lumped into Russian or Polish categories in official US figures.
How To Pray: The children of Belarusian immigrants have largely grown disinterested in the church. Pray that they would have encounters with Christ at school and the workplace that would bring fresh meaning and purpose to the gathering of Christians for worship.