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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Alsatian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 5,500

ROP3 Code: 115845
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Germanic
Language: Swiss German - (gsw)
Religion: Non-Religious
Country of Origin: France

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.
By Laetitia Anstett

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 2,000

  San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX - 800

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 710

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Brief Profile

The Alsatian people are the Swiss German-speaking people of the French region of Alsace, located between the Vosges Mountains and the German border. When asked, "Who are you?" Alsatians normally will quickly reply "Alsatian!" Alsatian people see themselves neither French nor German, but as a perpetual bridge between these two wonderful civilizations, French and German. After five changes of ownership between France and Germany in 75 years, people now originally from the region known as Alsace have a distinct social identity so that they readily claim to be Alsatian.

They have a long history of people migrating from Alsace. Hence, there are many people with an Alsatian ancestral background residing in North America. For the most part, the vast majority of these people no longer speak nor seek to adhere a distinct Alsatian identity.

Nevertheless, those who are described in the above paragraph reside in New York. In fact, one organization, the L'Union Alsacienne (UnAl), exists "upholding the Alsatian heritage, and to promoting Alsace" and "plays an important role in the lives of newly-arrived Alsatian immigrants, providing them with a feeling of community, a contact with others from their beloved province."

An overwhelming majority of Alsatians would either claim Roman Catholicism or non-religion as their preference. However, in all reality, Alsatians basically live a secular lifestyle caring very little about religious matters.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will awaken the hearts of Alsatians in North America to things spiritual.
  • Ask God to send evangelical Christians to become friends with Alsatians and through word and deed reveal an alternative lifestyle that is filled with a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Entreat the Lord Jesus to help Alsatians understand and receive the message of hope through Jesus Christ.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesElizabethNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ2,000
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX800
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC710