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
Bangladeshis in Metro New York
Place of Origin: Bangladesh (Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet)
Location in Metro New York: Queens (Hillside/Jamaica, Astoria, Elmhurst, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Ozone Park); Brooklyn (Kensington, Cypress Hills); Manhattan (East Village); New Jersey (Paterson, Jersey City)
Population in Metro New York: 100,000 (Community Estimate); 66,880 (ACS 2010 Born in Bangladesh)
Population in New York City: 53,604 (ACS 2010 Born in Bangladesh)
Primary Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Secondary Religion: Hinduism, Christianity
Status of Christian Witness: Less than 2% evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within the past two years.
Primary Languages: Bangla, Sylheti, English
- Bengalis are by far the largest unreached people group in the world, with a worldwide population of over 230 million people.
- After Bengal was partitioned in 1947, with West Bengal remaining part of India and East Bengal becoming a province in the dominion of Pakistan, many Hindu Bengalis rushed to live in West Bengal while many Muslim Bengalis migrated to East Bengal, which later became Bangladesh.
How To Pray: In recent years, there has been a movement in Bangladesh of Bengali Muslims responding positively to the gospel and becoming believers. Pray that this movement would carry over to Metro New York, where only a handful of Bangladeshi Muslim-background Christians exist. There is an increased interest among evangelical Christians in reaching out to the Bangladeshis in Metro New York. Pray that the new ministries and church planting attempts will be successful and that existing Bangladeshi churches would begin effectively sharing Christ with Muslims.