When you talk to the average American Christian about global missions, the ministry setting that probably jumps into their mind is a missionary in an African village. It’s the stereotypical picture of modern missions. However, for those who have a heart for sharing the gospel with unreached people groups from Africa, The Bronx is home to many thousands of West Africans.
You might encounter Kru, Ibo, Mande, or Yoruba speakers in Mott Haven, Eastchester, Throggs Neck, Woodlawn, or other sections of The Bronx. Metro New York is home to many of West Africa’s most unreached people groups. Workers in the city represent Mali, Sierre Leon, Senegal, The Gambia, and other nations throughout West Africa. From street vendors on 125th St. to working in retail shops on Fordham Road to leading mosques off the Grand Concourse to business owners on White Plains Road, West Africans are a large & dynamic community in New York City.
For disciple-makers who hope to impact unreached people groups from West Africa, New York City represents a mission field, and not only do West Africans live & work in “the city that never sleeps” but continue to maintain transnational bridges between African and North America.