texas missions initiative what is a people group

People Groups

A significantly large sociological grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity with one another.

"For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance."

Source: 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting

Texas is one of the top States in America where people from the World's Major Religions - Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam- dwell

  • DFW & Houston areas have 300+ Ethno-Linguistic People Groups

  • The distant nations have become our next door neighbors

  • God has provided a rich opportunity to build relationships in TX with Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims

  •  The fields of Texas are "white for harvest."  --John 4:35

Texas Missions Initiative where do they come from

People Groups  come from ...

  • Refugees - these are people groups who for one reason or another are displaced in their country of origin and have not taken asylum within Texas. The largest number of refugees coming to Texas are African people groups (Congolese and Somali), Bhutanese-Nepali, Arab (Iraq), Persian (Iran), Afghan, Burmese (Rohingya, Karen, Karreni, Bhama, Chin).

  • Immigrants - these are people migrating to Texas, they are foreign born (1st generation Americans), and are normally more permanent residents. The largest number of immigrants coming to Texas are the Urdu, Chinese (Mandarin), Gujarati, Telegu, Japanese and South Koreans.

  • International Students - Texas is home to several of the largest universities in the United States with international students coming from over 120 nations. Western education is a coveted item by many young adults in the world.  This desire has fueled the movement of many students to the United States for college, graduate, and doctoral-level education. The international student population has been increasing since the 1950's. By the 2012-2013 academic year, the United States reached a redord high of 820,000 such students. In Texas the largest number of international students comes from mainland China, India, South  Korea and Saudi Arabia.

90% of the people groups come from a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist background. They need to learn English Language, along with a host of other needs ranging from physical to spiritual needs (Click here to learn more about their needs).  God has brought the nations to our doorstep.  They are our neighbors ... very near us!!!

texas missions initiative where do they live

Texas is one of the largest immigrant receiving states in America, yet evangelicals know very little about the nations among them. Hundreds of unreached people groups now reside in Texas, including many who represent unengaged-unreached people groups from other nations. These many people groups reside in homes, condos, apartments, etc. In essence, they are neighbors to many of us, without us ever intentionally engaging them with the Gospel.

Did you know?

  • 55% of Texans live in multihousing settings

  • About 50% say they feel isolated and alone

  • About 96% do not attend church anywhere

  • Most will not leave their communities to attend a church

Solution:

  • Take simple, reproducible and relational church to them

  • Plant new congregations in their communities

texas missions initiative what are their needs

Needs of people groups range from learning English as a Second Language to having their physical needs met to just having someone becoming their friend. More than anything, their greatest need is someone sharing the message of hope found in Jesus Christ.

  • Texas has one of the lowest literacy rates in the nation

  • 65% of incarcerated young people in TX are unable to read or write above a 4th grade level

  • Adult Basic Education classes taught within a Christian context can help school dropouts gain a GED and a relationship with Jesus that leads to life transformation

  • Immigrants need to learn English

  • Teaching Conversational English as a 2nd Language provides opportunities to build relationships that are a bridge to sharing the Gospel and seeing lives transformed

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