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Here's What's New for the Week of December 26, 2000
The Minneapolis Foundation had a great web site with information on the four largest immigrant groups in the state: Somali, Russian, Mexican and Laotian (Hmong).

They estimate that Minnesota is now home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. (more than 15,000), as well as the largest (60,000+) urban Hmong populations in the world! Unfortunately, the web site was taken down in early 2001.

This is Home: The Hmong in Minnesota is a beautiful site presented by Minnesota Public Radio.

I've added an important link on our Church Planting page to the Mustard Seed Foundation, which offers grants "to match the investment of a 'parent' church, which has made a commitment of people, finances and oversight to establish a new congregation."

We have added links and gospel resources for the Somali and the Hmong people.

There are also some interesting maps based on the 1990 U.S. Census, showing ethnic distribution by state.

Week of December 18, 2000
I'm pleased to publish "Ethnic Church Planting: A Documentation of the Work of Dr. Chris Thomas," written by Nancy Kruger in Spring 1994.

This paper presents the work of Dr. Chris Thomas, who has planted 14 ethnic churches in various languages in the Seattle area. Chapters include:

Introduction, Ministry Focus and Challenges
Case Study: Slavik Church
Case Study: Hispanic Church
Case Study: Vietnamese Church
Summary of Observations Regarding Ethnic Ministry

Week of December 11, 2000!

Christmas greetings in over 75 languages, reprinted with permission from Brigada Today:

Week of November 20, 2000!
I've been searching for a long time for a site which would summarize where foreign-born communities are locating in the United States. So I was pleased to find The Anthropology Dictionary, which lists the immigration history and settlement information for dozens of ethnic groups in the U.S.

Multiculturalministries.org, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene, offers excellent resources and ideas for cross-cultural ministry. Articles include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions, which addresses questions like, "Why should we be engaged in starting or maintaining churches that are ethnically identifiable? Can't we have one church for all people?"
  • They also offer an excellent checklist including "What is a multicultural church?," "What can you do?" and "What can the local church do?"

This week I added information on the people of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Malayasia.

One of the discoveries I made while researching Bulgarian gospel resources is Theophilus, a series of cartoons challenging Christians to spiritual growth and obedience. Theophilus is available online in English, Spanish, and Bulgarian.

Week of November 13, 2000!
A number of articles on ethnic ministry are offered by the United Methodist Church at their Ethnic Local Church Concerns web site. Articles include:

Week of October 23, 2000
There's a new Site Map to help you find your way around the site.

Week of July 24, 2000

I added some new links to the page on Racial Reconciliation, most notably a link to Promise Keepers, which offers several articles about reconciliation.

The section on Asian-American ministry has a new link to DJ´s Index to Asian American Ministries, an excellent resource page. DJ has also published a short article entitled, "Blends of Multiethnic Churches," which discusses the different "flavors" of mono-cultural, mixed race, and truly diversified church ministries.

There's a new page with information on the Sikhs.

I also added a link on our Foreign-Language Bibles page to Missionsbookstore.com, which offers Bibles in 90 languages.

Week of June 19, 2000

Our "Who Lives in Texas?" page now includes a link to North Texas demographics compiled by Dallas International, "a network of ethnic communities and international cultural organizations."

Week of May 29, 2000
Nick Slepko of Serve Seattle, a partnership of Seattle area churches, has prepared two beautiful maps showing ethnic church locations. Click on the maps at left to view a larger version. Seattle area (180k)
Seattle map
Puget Sound area (180k)
Puget Sound map

This week I received the schedule for the Seattle Albanian soccer team, which prompted me to develop a page of resources for ministering to the Albanian people.

April 24, 2000
FREE bookI've added a link to a FREE BOOK offer from Gospel for Asia. Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan is powerful and controversial, and will change the way you think about foreign missions. For more information on how to request your copy, scroll to the banner at the bottom of our Asian-American page.

I'm also in the process of searching the web sites of Seattle-area newspapers in order to link to articles about local ethnic communities. (I live in Seattle. If you live elsewhere, why not do a search on your local papers, and compile a list of relevant articles? We'll gladly publish the list on this site.)

March 13, 2000
We've added a page of links to ministries which seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Week of March 6, 2000
David F. D'Amico, Ph.D., Representative of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to the United Nations Diplomatic Community, has graciously granted us permission to reprint his article, "Evangelization Across Cultures in the United States," originally published in Review and Expositor:

  1. Evangelization Across Cultures in the United States
  2. Understanding the Context
  3. Selected Data of Cross-Cultural Evangelization
  4. Analysis of Selected Cultural/Ecclesiological Enclaves
  5. Envisioning the Future: Theological Issues
  6. Envisioning the Future: Missiological Issues
  7. Envisioning the Future: Ecclesiological Issues

We also appreciate receiving a new list of Hispanic Churches in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., compiled by Noel Nielson.

February 21, 2000
Our thanks to the good folks at Brigada Today (a mission mobilization network) who published an announcement for Ethnic Harvest. As a result, we had 184 visitors and 6495 hits this week!

Because of the traffic, we made some new friends and found some great web sites. Three that stand out are Joanne's Page for ESL Teachers, Discover the World (offering very affordable training materials), and Pentecost 2000 (great ministry stories and ideas from the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod).

The other news this week is more personal. Barb, who has developed this web site full-time for the past four months, has a new full-time job. I'm excited about the job, but it will unfortunately mean that development will slow on the web site. Please be patient if your emails aren't answered right away (I'll be doing some travelling, but I'll get back to you as soon as I can!)

My new job reminds me again that this web site depends on partnership with you. If you care about cross-cultural ministry, any info you can share or research you can do (such as compiling a list of ethnic churches or demographics in your area) will be gratefully published here.

Week of February 7, 2000
This week I posted excerpts from a book on cross-cultural minstry. The Stranger Who Is Among You was written by James Duren and Rod Wilson,and originally published by the William Carey Library. Our thanks to Dr. Duren for permission to reprint the following excerpts here!

This week I also added resources for those interesting in ministering to Vietnamese and Ukrainians.

Week of January 31, 2000
We now have an official song, "All the Nations", written by Dr. James Duren. I hope that many churches will consider adopting it as their mission theme song.

I also added a list of ethnic churches in Washington State (admittedly incomplete) and a summary of languages spoken by students in Puget Sound schools.

Week of January 24, 2000
Last week I was excited to find one of the best gospel presentations on the Internet. If you have a web site, you might consider linking to Two Ways to Live at http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/.

Week of January 17, 2000
One of the most important topics I've dealt with are this week's links to articles on racial reconciliation.

I also added information on ministry to Russians.

January 10, 2000
There is new ministry information on the Chinese, Asian Indians, Indonesians, Iranians, Japanese, Koreans, and Mexicans. These pages include information such as church directories, online Bible translations, links to Christian ministries by and for each people group, and links to indigenous foreign mission efforts. Please contact us if you would like to suggest other relevant links.

I was disappointed to find only a few church directories. If you have an interest in a specific ethnic group, will you prayerfully consider working to compile a list of ethnic churches ministering that group? (See the page on China for some good examples.) I will link to your site or, if you don't have a web page, you can send me a file and I will publish it here. Please email me if you'd like information on how to get started.


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