Where We Plant

New York City: A Strategic Opportunity

  • More international students study in New York City (70,000) than in any other city in the world, but as recently as 2006, there was only one ISI staff worker ministering to international students in the city.

  • Many world leaders were educated in the New York City metro area. Here are a few:
    • Abdul Zahir, Prime Minister of Afghanistan
    • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil
    • Ernesto Samper Pizano, President of Colombia
    • Jose Maria Figueres Olsen, President of Costa Rica
    • Mikhail Saakashvili, President of Georgia
    • Ernst Carl Julius Albrecht, Prime Minister of Germany
    • Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel
    • Giuliano Amato, Prime Minister of Italy
    • Hage Gottfried Geingob, Prime Minister of Namibia
    • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, Deputy Prime Minister of Netherlands
    • Ernesto Balladares, President of Panama
    • Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, Presidents of the Philippines
    • Marek Belka, Prime Minister of Poland
    • Prince Saud Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia
    • Benjamin W. Mkapa, President of Tanzania
    • Tansu Ciller, Prime Minister of Turkey
  • 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.

  • With two million Jews, Metro New York has the second-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.

  • The largest Asian Indian population in the Western Hemisphere resides in New York. Over 400,000 Hindus live in NYC with very little Gospel witness.

  • The United Nations has 193 permanent missions and 113 consulates in NYC, employing approximately 25,000 people from 175 different countries.

  • As of 2012, over 735,000 Chinese live in Metro New York - the largest number of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere. New York has now become home to more than one million Asian Americans, greater than the combined totals of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

  • The NYC borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the US and half of the people in Queens were born in another country. Approximately 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. Being away from home, some are more receptive to the Gospel message.
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