Gateway Cities 2017-07-14T12:03:33+00:00

Gateway Cities

Relationships flow back and forth through gateway cities to unreached peoples on the other side of the globe, making the world a smaller place. Modern immigrants symbolize a new era in pioneer missions — one in which today’s migration, transnationalism, globalization, and urbanization pose unprecedented opportunities to take the gospel to the ends of the earth through the gateways provided within global cities.

Defining Global Gateway Cities

So what is a global gateway city? What justifies or qualifies the term?

Global Gates began using the designation with New York City, and few could argue that – however we define it – New York City fits the bill. But that can also be a problem, since few cities have all the bells and whistles of a New York City.

So what are the key elements that constitute a “global gateway city”?

Despite the temptation to begin with the three constituent words: 1) global, 2) gateway, and 3) city – it’s better that we take one step further back, to put this three-word term into its broader context, a context we can obtain by looking at Global Gates’ vision statement. Global Gates’ vision is: reaching the ends of the earth, through global gateway cities.

‘Global gateway cities’ derive their definition and value from their relationship to ‘reaching the ends of the earth’. So ‘global gateway cities’ are a means to reaching the ends of the earth, and not an end in themselves. This means we must add ‘the ends of the earth’ as a fourth component to unpack and clarify our definition of ‘global gateway cities’. Let’s begin.

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Baltimore / Washington, D.C.
Chicago
Houston
Los Angeles
New York City
San Francisco Bay Area

Baltimore/Washington, D.C.

God has brought Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, and Animists from all over the world to the crowded urban corridor between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. A magnet for internationals, diplomats, dignitaries, international students, and visiting scholars, the D.C.-Baltimore hub poses a real challenge to Christian witness. However, it also presents an unparalleled opportunity for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through these communities to the ends of the earth.

While immigrants come from 190 nations, our priority attention goes to those from these least-reached nations and people groups.

India (over 96,000) China (over 85,000)
Vietnam (over 52,000) Vietnam (over 52,000)
Pakistan (over 39,000) Iran (over 25,000)

In addition to immigrants, many internationals come for a short time and then return to their country of origin. The D.C.-Baltimore area is home to more than 20,000 international students awaiting campus ministry. The majority of these students come from least-reached countries such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. The D.C.-Baltimore hub also attracts scholars to world-renowned centers of learning such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institutes of Health, and Johns-Hopkins University.

Christian witness is needed to bring the gospel to these unreached communities and reach through them to their countries of origin.

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Chicagoland

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwest. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million residents and is the third largest city in the United States. Chicagoland comprises only 8% of the land area of the state of Illinois, but contains 65% of the state’s residents.

Chicago Unengaged Persons Map

Red figures are Unengaged UPGs; Blue figures are multiple UUPGs

Chicagoland is home to 4,500 Dari-speaking Afghan Muslims; 10,100 Iraqi Arabs (mostly Muslims); 5,500 Jordanian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 1,000 Lebanese Arabs (mostly Muslims); 5,200 Moroccan Arab Muslims; 7,800 Palestinian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 1,700 Saudi Arabs; 2,000 Syrian Arabs (mostly Muslims); and 1,500 Yemeni Arab Muslims.

Unreached people groups from closed countries pour into Chicagoland every week. We have been given a historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the laborers are few. We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Chicagoland! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Afghan Muslims – there are some 4,500 Afghan Muslims in Chicagoland

Iraqi Arab Muslims – 10,100 Iraqi Arabs (mostly Muslims) live in greater Chicago.

Jordanian Arab Muslims – 5,500 Jordanian Arabs (mostly Muslims) throughout Chicagoland.

Moroccan Arab Muslims – 5,200 Moroccan Arab Muslims in Chicago.

Palestinian Arab Muslims – 7,800 Palestinian Arabs (mostly Muslims) in Chicago.

Saudi Arab Muslims – 1,700 Saudi Arabs in Chicagoland.

Saudi Arab Muslims – 2,000 Syrian Arabs (most of whom are Muslims) throughout Chicagoland.

Yemeni Arab Muslims – 1,500 Yemeni Arab Muslims in Chicagoland.

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Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States with a combined population of 6.3 million residents in the Houston metropolitan area. With more than 90 languages spoken in Greater Houston, it is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country. Asians make up 6% or 378,000 individuals in the metropolitan area. Some 1.7% or 107,000 of these Asians are Vietnamese; 1.3% or 82,000 are ethnic Chinese; 1.3% or 82,000 are Indian origin; 0.9% or 57,000 are Pakistani origin; 1,000 are Afghan Muslims.

Greater Houston has a large Arabic-language population. These diverse Arab people groups include 2,900 Jordanian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 1,400 Iraqi Arabs (mostly Muslims), 3,200 Lebanese Arabs (mostly Muslims); and 1,200 Moroccan Arab Muslims in Houston proper. Greater Houston include 2,200 Palestinian Arabs (mostly Muslim) and 2,800 Saudi Muslims. In addition to these are 2,600 Egyptian Arabs (most of whom are Muslims) throughout Greater Houston.

Other Muslim populations in Greater Houston include 2,200 Azerbaijani Muslims, 10,000 Bengalis (most of whom are Muslims), and 2,200 Turkish Muslims.

Houston Unengaged Map

Red figures indicate Unengaged UPG; Blue figures indicate multiple UUPGs

Greater Houston has a large Buddhist population that has immigrated to the region from East and Southeast Asia. Buddhist people groups include 107,000 Vietnamese (most of whom are Buddhists), 4,200 Khmer Buddhists from Cambodia, and 1,500 Sinhalese Buddhists from Sri Lanka.

Finally, Greater Houston is home to more than 80,000 ethnic Chinese including 5,000 Hokkien Chinese (most of whom are Chinese Traditional Religionists). The South Asian population includes 11,350 Gujarati Hindus from India; 15,000 Tamil Indians (most of whom are Hindus); and 4,500 Telugu Indians (most of whom are Hindus).

Unreached people groups from closed countries pour into Greater Houston every week. We have been given a historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the laborers are few. We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Greater Houston! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Vietnamese Buddhists – Greater Houston has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in North America with 107,000, most of whom are Buddhists.

Khmer Buddhists – 4,200 Khmer Buddhists from Cambodia reside in Greater Houston.

Sinhalese Buddhists – 1,500 Sinhalese Buddhists from Sri Lanka live in the Greater Houston area.

Jordanian Arab Muslims – 2,900 Jordanian Arabs (most of whom are Muslims) living in Greater Houston.

Iraqi Arab Muslims – 1,400 Iraqi Arabs (most of whom are Muslims) in Greater Houston.

Lebanese Arab Muslims – 3,200 Lebanese Arabs (most of whom are Muslims) in Greater Houston.

Moroccan Arab Muslims – 1,200 Moroccan Arabs in Houston proper.

Palestinian Arab Muslims – 2,200 Palestinian Arabs (most of whom are Muslims).

Saudi Arab Muslims – 2,800 Saudi Muslims in Greater Houston.

Azerbaijani Muslims – 2,200 Azerbaijani Muslims from Azerbaijan and from the northeast Iranian state of Azerbaijan.

Bengali Muslims – 10,000 Bengalis, most of whom are Muslims.

Turkish Muslims – 2,200 Turkish Muslims from Turkey reside in Greater Houston.

Chinese Traditional Religionists – 5,000 Hokkien, and a further 70,000 Chinese from other provinces in China, most of whom are Chinese Traditional Religionists.

Gujarati Hindus – 11,350 Gujarati Hindus from India.

Tamil Hindus – 11,500 Tamilians from India, most of whom are Hindus.

Telugu Indians – 4,500 Telugu Indians, most of whom are Hindus.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unengaged Persons

Red figures indicate Unengaged UPGs; Blue figures are multiple UUPGs

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States with a population of 3.9 million residents.  But Los Angeles is also a sprawling metropolis with 13 million inhabitants in the Greater Los Angeles area. Los Angeles is home to immigrants from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different languages. Unreached people groups are located throughout Greater Los Angeles, and concentrated in colorful ethnic communities such as Chinatown (with 10,000 residents, 55% of whom were born outside the US), Little Ethiopia, Tehrangeles, Little Tokyo, Little Bangladesh, Little Arabia and Thai Town. Los Angeles also has the second largest Jewish population in the United States with 621,000 Jewish citizens, 5,000 of them from the ancient Yemeni Jewish population.

Little Arabia is an ethnic enclave in Orange County the center for Orange County’s Arab-Americans, who number more than 24,000. It is sometimes referred to as “Little Gaza” which was a play on the original designation of this area as the “Garza Island.” Little Arabia grew significantly in the 1990s with the arrival of immigrants from the Middle East, and is the home to thousands of Arab-Americans predominantly hailing from Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The district is centered on Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, near the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between La Palma Avenue and Katella Avenue.The Arab population of Greater Los Angeles includes 62,000 Egyptian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 6,400 Gulf and Saudi Arabs; 6,500 Iraqi Arabs; 4,900 Jordanian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 28,000 Lebanese Arabs (mostly Muslims); 4,700 Moroccan Arab Muslims; and 1,400 Syrian Arabs (mostly Muslims).

Little Ethiopia is a block-long stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire District of Central Los Angeles, California, part of the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council, northeast of the Crestview neighborhood, northwest of the Picfair Village district, east of the Carthay Square district and west of Wilshire Vista district. The area has a high concentration of Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry with a mixture of Orthodox Christian and Muslim religious adherents.

Japanese Buddhists: With immigrant populations from across East and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles has the greatest variety of Buddhists in the world. California is also home to more than a quarter-million ethnic Japanese. The great majority of California’s Japanese population is found in Southern California. Centers of Japanese Americans are found in Little Tokyo in the LA’s downtown, with another significant community of Japanese Americans located in the Sawtelle district of West Los Angeles. Japanese comprise 0.9% or 35,000 citizens in L.A. The Los Angeles suburb of Torrance has the second largest concentration of Japanese in America, after Honolulu.

Tehrangeles: With 700-800,000 Iranian residents in the Greater Los Angeles area, LA boasts the largest Iranian concentration outside of Iran. Persian businesses in the L.A. area originally centered in the Westwood neighborhood of the Westside. Iranian-owned businesses are particularly prevalent on Westwood Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard (in Westwood) to Pico Boulevard (in West L.A.). Often referred to as Little Persia or Persian Hills/Persian Square, it is between Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles. Immigration to the area increased several-fold due to the events surrounding the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Westwood Boulevard became known for its many Persian shops and restaurants; and the Persian expatriate community of Los Angeles entered all forms of media including magazines, newspapers, radio, and television stations. A further 101,000 mostly Muslim Persians live in and around Greater Los Angeles.

Thai Town is a six-block area in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the only designated “Thai Town” in the United States. The area flanking Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie Avenue and Western Avenue is the center of 80,000 Thai immigrants in Southern California. Most of these Thai immigrants are Buddhist from the Hinayana or Theravada sect of Buddhism.

South Asians: Greater Los Angeles is home to 19,000 Gujarati Hindus, and 12,800 Dari-speaking Afghan Muslims. “Little Bangladesh” is a ten-block area around Third Street and Alexandria Avenue in Central Los Angeles. It received official designation as “Little Bangladesh” by the City of Los Angeles in 2010, and serves as a commercial center for immigrants from Bangladesh. The area includes restaurants, shops and art galleries but also has a residential neighborhood with a low-income and mid to aging population of about 30,000 residents. Many immigrants from Bangladesh to the US have chosen this particular neighborhood to renew their lives since the early 70’s to the present day.

Southeast Asians – With 50-60,000 Cambodians living in the Long Beach area, this is the largest Cambodian city outside of Cambodia. There are also 50,000 Vietnamese (most of whom are Buddhists) centered in Garden Grove in Orange County.

Unreached people groups from closed countries pour into Greater Los Angeles every week. We have been given a historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the laborers are few. We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Greater Los Angeles! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Afghan Muslims – More than 12,800 Afghan Muslims reside in Greater LA.

Thai Buddhists – 80,000 Thai Buddhists live in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Bengali Muslims – Centered around Little Bangladesh, Greater Los Angeles is home to more than 30,000 Bengali Muslims.

Persian Muslims – Up to 800,000 Los Angelinos hail from Iran. The vast majority of these are Shi’ite Muslims, with many Armenian Iranian Christians as well.

Japanese Buddhists – Up to 100,000 Japanese Buddhists live in Greater Los Angeles with centers in “Little Tokyo,” and in the suburb of Torrance.

Cambodian Buddhists – The 50-60,000 Cambodians living in the Long Beach area constitute the largest Cambodian city outside of Cambodia.

Vietnamese Buddhists – 50,000 Vietnamese (most of whom are Buddhists) centered in Garden Grove in Orange County.

Gujarati Hindus – Greater Los Angeles is home to 19,000 Gujarati Hindus from India.

Ethiopian and Eritrean Muslims – centered around “Little Ethiopia,” Greater Los Angeles is home to several thousand Ethiopian and Eritrean Muslims.

Egyptian Arab Muslims – Greater Los Angeles is home to 62,000 Egyptian Arabs, most of whom are Muslims.

Levantine Arab Muslims – Greater Los Angeles is home to 28,000 Lebanese Arabs, 4,900 Jordanian Arab, 6,500 Iraqi, and 1,400 Syrian Muslims, most of whom are Muslims.

Gulf and Saudi Arabs – Greater Los Angeles is home to 6,400 Muslims from the Arabian Peninsula.

Jewish Peoples – Greater Los Angeles has the second largest Jewish population in North America with 621,000 Jewish citizens, 5,000 of them from the ancient Yemeni Jewish population.

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New York City

The 2010 Global Cities Index ranked New York City as the world’s #1 global city. With 21st century technology and perhaps the most diverse immigrant population in the world, Metro New York provides the ultimate gateway to the ends of the earth. If members of unreached people groups in Metro New York were counted as their own city, it would be the second largest city in the U.S., larger than Los Angeles, with more than 4 million individuals. Impacting unreached people groups in Metro New York is certain to have a ripple effect to the ends of the earth.

Metro New York may be the most ethnically diverse city on earth, and the most globally connected. Gospel impact here sends ripples around the world. Here are some things you may not know about Metro New York:

  • There are over 2 million Jews in Metro New York. New York City has the largest Jewish population of any city in the world, and Metro New York has the 2nd largest Jewish population of any Metropolitan area in the world.
  • Metro New York is home to more than 800,000 Muslims, making it one of the largest Muslim cities in the Western Hemisphere.
  • New York City has more than 400,000 Hindus, many of whom retain close ties to their home countries.
  • Metro New York is home to more than 650,000 ethnic Chinese, the largest Chinese population outside of Asia.
  • New York City has more than 70,000 international students and visiting scholars.
  • New York City is home to 2,000 foreign-based businesses, more than any other U.S. city.
  • The New York City borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. Half of the inhabitants of Queens were born in another country.
  • Over 48% of New York City residents speak a non-English language in their homes.

Scores of unreached people groups in New York city have no one intentionally seeking to reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ. A priority need is for Christian workers to take the gospel cross-culturally to New York’s least-reached people groups with an aim of starting indigenous church planting movements among them that will spread through them to their countries of origin.

Currently there is no one seeking to reach the estimated 20,000 Afghans of Metro New York.
Currently there is no one seeking to reach the estimated 80,000 Sikhs of Metro New York.
Muslim communities from the Arabian Peninsula, West Africa, Central Asian Turkestan, and South Asia need cross-cultural missionary church planters.
There are still dozens of different Hasidic Jewish communities in Metro New York with no intentional church planting among them.

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San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world’s great people magnets. Immigrants from all over the earth mix and mingle in these dynamic ethnic neighborhoods. Through them, God has opened up gateways between East and West offering remarkable inroads to the world’s least reached people groups. Ethnic communities in the Bay Area area are teeming with Chinese Taoists, Indian Hindus, Southeast Asian Buddhists, Punjabi Sikhs, and Afghan Pushtuns. This ever-changing urban kaleidoscope is in dire need of Christian witness. God is calling Christians to leave their comfort zones and plant their lives in these unreached urban communities, and through them, touch the ends of the earth.
With all of the Bay Area’s ethnic diversity, we must keep our priorities on the least-reached peoples and nationalities.

Afghans (Population 40-60,000) This is the largest concentration of Afghans in the Western hemisphere. Team members are needed to join this team.

Yemenis – The total number of Yemenis in the Bay Area is still unknown. Locals estimate that 80% of the liquor stores and corner markets in Oakland are owned by Yemenis. A new team is beginning to form to reach this community and more team members are needed.

Hui and Uighurs – The Hui are ethnic Han Chinese who have converted to Islam. Uighurs are the Turkic Muslims from China’s western Xinjiang Province. There may be no more than a handful of Hui or Uighur followers of Jesus Christ in all the Western hemisphere. Global Gates is seeking a new team to reach the Hui and Uighurs in the Bay Area, and through them to their homeland in Asia.

Punjabi Sikhs – Santa Clara County in the South Bay is home to the third largest Sikh population in the U.S. The Sikh religion has its roots in the 15th century Punjabi region of the Indian subcontinent. We need a team that will share the love of Christ with the Bay Area’s Punjabi Sikhs, and through them to Sikhs in South Asia and around the world.

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