yemenis

in metro new york
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Fun Facts

  • The Yemeni American Day Parade raises awareness of the Yemeni culture and its contribution to the United States.
  • There are dozens of Yemeni restaurants in NYC, including Yemen Cafe. Most of them serve saltah, the national dish of Yemen, along with Yemeni flat bread.

Religious Life

There are several mosques in New York City with mostly Yemeni in attendance. MAS Bronx Muslim Center in the Bronx’s Little Yemen and Masjid Al-Imam Al-Albani on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn are two of them.

NYC’s Yemeni community is almost exclusively Muslim but with differing levels of devotion to Islam. This is evident upon visiting their different bodegas. Some strictly follow halal regulations, while others sell pork and alcohol products forbidden by Islam. Some Yemenis use their stores as proselytizing venues, posting Muslim prayers and tracts for shoppers to read.

Prayer Gallery

Unreached people groups can also be viewed as "hidden" people groups (i.e., they are largely unnoticed and unaffected by the global Body of Christ). In the prayer gallery section below, as well as through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool, you can visualize these hidden people group communities. By doing so, we pray God gives you insight into how to pray through what you see. By scrolling through major points of interest in the prayer gallery section, pray for people you see, and pray that the peace and hope of Jesus will become known to people who frequent these places. Through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool linked at the bottom of the page, you can virtually prayerwalk through the community, praying "on site with insight." You could also take the route and points of interest from that tool and save them to your "Google Maps" to prayerwalk in person. Allow the following three steps to guide your prayers using these tools, and try  prayerwalking with another person or small group! God hears the voice of His people, and He responds to our prayers!

1. Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His blessings and salvation that is extended to all peoples. Praise and thank Him for appointing the time and boundaries of this people group's presence in North America so that they might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26). Pray Scriptures that come to mind about His glory being made known among all peoples and nations (e.g., Rev 7:9-10).

 

2. Pray for Laborers

Luke 10:2 says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Pray for God's laborers to share Christ's love through hospitality to this people group. Pray for laborers among this community to establish loving relationships and proclaim the gospel. Pray for Christians to emerge from within this people group who will reach their friends and family members.

3. Pray for Understanding and Receptivity

Most members of unreached people group communities remain unreached because they have failed to hear the gospel in ways they can understand. Others have heard the gospel but have many barriers to overcome before receiving the gospel. Pray that this community will understand the gospel. Pray for God to draw them to Jesus and remove the barriers that keep them from salvation in Christ.


MAS Bronx Muslim Center
(The Bronx, NY)

The MAS Bronx Muslim Center, a.k.a. The Muslim American Society of Upper New York, is located at the main intersection of Rhinelander and White Plains Road in the heart of the Bronx’s Little Yemen.

 

Yemeni American Merchants Association
(Brooklyn, NY)

The Yemeni American Merchants Association was founded in the aftermath of a 2017 Yemeni-owned bodega strike in response to the temporary U.S. Executive Order travel ban from Muslim countries such as Yemen. The organization seeks to empower their “community through outreach, education, and support, to build a brighter future for Yemeni Americans.”



Masjid Al-Imam Al-Albani
(Brooklyn, NY)

One of several predominantly Yemeni-attended mosques in New York City.

 

Yemenis in North America Overview Page

Visit this page to learn general information about Yemeni communities in North America and their religious beliefs. Also, discover resources to help share Jesus with them in their language.

Virtual Prayerwalk among the Yemeni Community in Metro New York

Prayerwalk through some of the main Yemeni restaurants, places of worship, and businesses in Metro New York using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.

Interested in reaching Yemenis in Metro New York or have another inquiry? Contact us!

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    100,000 Yemenis

    Statistics Canada 2016 counted 6,645 people whose ethnic origin was Yemeni. The 2019 American Community Survey counted 58,627 people born in Yemen now living in the United States. Counting U.S.-born children and typical undercounts of Arabs in the census, it is safe to assume there are at least 100,000 Yemenis in North America. The Wikipedia article on Yemeni Americans claims "there are an estimated 100,000-200,000 Yemenis living in the United States as of 2018,” but no source is given for that statistic.

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    350,000 Bosniaks

    The Congress of Bosniaks of North America estimate 300,000 Bosniaks live in the United States and 50,000 in Canada.

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    300,000 Somalis

    The America Community Survey 2019 estimated 182,951 people reporting Somali ancestry in the United States. Statistics Canada 2016 estimated 62,500 people with Somali ethnic origin in Canada. Census figures tend to undercount groups like Somalis who are suspicious of government authorities and census takers. Community estimates of Somalis in the Greater Toronto and Edmonton areas alone number 100,000. An estimated 300,000 Somalis in North America is a conservative estimate, and their population number could be much higher.

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    670,000 to 1,000,000 Sikhs

    In the 2011 Statstics Canada census, 454,965 Sikhs were estimated to live in Canada. The United States does not count religious affiliation in its census, and the language of Punjabi is also spoken by Hindus and Muslims which makes "language spoken at home" a difficult category for measuring Sikhs. However, the 2012 Pew Religious Survey indicates 5% of Indian Americans are Sikh. The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 4,240,466 Asian Indians living in the United States, and 5% of that population equals 212,023. The Sikh America Coalition, however, estimates 500,000 Sikhs living in the United States. Therefore, low estimates of Sikhs in North America are around 670,000 people and high estimates are around one million.

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    400,000 Afghans

    The diversity of the people groups who identify as Afghans contributes to the difficulty of using census information to estimate the number of Afghans in North America. The American Community Survey 2019 counted 156,434 people in the United States with "Afghan" ancestry. However, some Afghans would identify their ancestry as Tajik, Pashtun, and so forth. Statistics Canada 2016 counted 83,995 people with Ethnic Origin as Afghan, 4,810 as Pashtun, 2,905 as Tajik, and 1,515 as Hazara. So, adding those number together gives a good idea of a low estimate of the number of Afghans in Canada. Allied Media Corporation, who has worked extensively with the Afghan American Community, estimates 300,000 Afghans live in the United States. With adding Canada's number, a reasonable estimate of Afghans in North America is 400,000 people.

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