Columbus, Ohio is home to an estimated 60,000 Somalis with many concentrated in the Northland region of the city. After Minneapolis, it is the second largest Somali community in the United States, and the city hosts more than 500 Somali-owned businesses.
Somalia, as a country, has faced war and economic hardship, and as a result, many have migrated beyond its borders. The majority reside other African countries that share its borders; however, many thousands of Somalians are living & working in U.S. cities such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, and of course, Columbus.
Somalia is one of the least reached nations on earth. The need for sharing the gospel in ways that Somalians can understand remains a high priority for many mission strategists focused on disciple-making among unreached people groups. For those seeking to make an impact among unreached peoples, Ohio may be an unexpected mission field.