The Metropolitan area of Miami hosts more than 1 million residents that were born outside of the U.S., and in the city of Miami over 70% speak a language other than English in their home. The Miami metro area represents in the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in the country. It is definitively a major gateway city in North America. 70% of the Miami metropolis is from a Latin American background, and two-thirds of Miami’s Latinos were born outside of the U.S.
As one might expect, many of the Latin American citizens of Metro Miami are Cuban. However, 13% of Latinos in the Miami-Dade area are from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico while an additional 32% are from Central and South American nations.
Whether the city of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or Hialeah, this South Florida metro area is a dynamic hub for Latin America and the Caribbean. For disciple-makers hoping to catalyze church planting movements among Spanish-speaking nations, Miami may be the ideal mission field. A church may send a church planter to Dominican Republic, another to Honduras, and yet another to Guatemala, or they could send a missionary to Miami to launch multiplication strategies among the nations next door from across Latin America.