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Welcome to ethNYcity

The 2019 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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There are over one million Muslims in the New York City area (see this blog series for a breakdown). Based on figures from a Pew Religious Landscape Study in 2014, 23% of Muslims in the United States live in the New York metropolitan area.
  4. Over 500,000 Hindus live in Metro New York with little gospel witness.
  5. Metro New York is home to some of the best universities in the US including Columbia University and NYU. Over 70,000 international students and scholars, many from unreached people groups and least evangelized countries, study here every year.
  6. There are 800,000 Chinese living in Metro New York–the largest number of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Jamaicans in Metro New York

Place of Origin: Jamaica
Location in Metro New York: Brooklyn (Flatbush, Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights); Bronx (Eastchester, Wakefield, Baychester); Queens (Laurelton, North Woodmere, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale); Westchester (Mount Vernon)
Population in Metro New York: 358,220 (ACS 2010 Total Ancestry Reported); 271,568 (ACS 2010 Born in Jamaica)
Population in New York City: 215,294 (ACS 2010 Total Ancestry Reported); 173,814 (ACS 2010 Born in Jamaica)
Primary Religion: Christianity (evangelical, mainline Protestant)
Secondary Religion: Rastafari movement
Status of Christian Witness: Greater than or equal to 10% evangelical.
Primary Languages: Jamaican Patois, English,

Significant Notes:

  • 43% of Jamaicans in the US live in Metro New York (ACS 2008).
  • Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell was born in Harlem and is the son of Jamaican immigrants.
  • Harlem's "central park" is named Marcus Garvey Park after the Jamaican hero and activist.
  • Jamaica is typically counted among the top five countries in the world with the highest per capita murder rate.

How To Pray: Rastafarians have muddled the identity of Christ by claiming that Haile Selassie I was a second incarnation of Jesus. Rastas refer to the Bible regularly, especially Old Testament passages about exodus and restoration, and their congregations hold regular Bible studies. Pray that God would use the Scriptures to point Rastas to a correct understanding of Christ and His Second Coming.