Somali of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 266,534

ROP3 Code: 109392
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa
People Cluster: Somali
Language: Somali - (som)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Somalia

Status of Christianity


Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN - 80,000

  Columbus, OH - 45,000

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 42,505

  Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA - 12,000

  San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA - 10,000

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Brief Profile

Somalia, the country known for pirates and camels, also boasts a population that is over 99% Muslim, placing it among the most Muslim nations in the world. Unique, however, is that fact that Somalia has had over 40% of its population displaced in recent years due to civil war. Somalis fled to refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, and have made their way to American states such as Minnesota, California, Georgia, Maine, and Washington. They are here in numbers so significant that they demand our notice and attention.

Over 3,000 Somalis now call Lewiston, ME, home, and over 10,000 have made their way to San Diego, CA. Even larger concentrations of Somali immigrants can be found in Seattle, WA, and Columbus, OH. However, the largest populations of Somalis in North America are in Toronto and Minneapolis/St. Paul, both of which contain an estimated 60-80,000 Somalis.

They come with a history of trauma, often struggling with depression from the war and the loss of so much. Many come with a radical faith—from environments in which Sharia law is strictly enforced. They come with large families, or what remains of them, but little in terms of material or educational means. As they struggle to make sense of a new land, many Somali immigrants also face prejudice and cultural misunderstanding. Their strict adherence to Islam isolates them in their new country.

A Somali proverb says, “Only water in your hands can satisfy your thirst.” But Jesus once told a foreign woman at a well that “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (John 4:14)

What if God uprooted a nation and inserted them into ours so that they could find Water that would never leave them thirsty again? How satisfying would that Water be for their thirst? Who will put it in their hands?

Used with permission from Global Gates.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the Somalis in the USA to be open to hearing the Gospel.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to begin working on the hearts of Somalis to recognize that intimacy with God comes only through a relationship with Christ.
  • Pray for gospel laborers to enter into the harvest field of Somalis who are living in the USA.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMinneapolisMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN80,000
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH45,000
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON21,455
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON21,050
United StatesSeattleSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA12,000
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA10,000
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN8,500
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY7,500
United StatesFalls ChurchWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA5,000
United StatesClarkstonAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA3,000
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR2,100
CanadaCalgaryCalgaryAB1,800
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX1,000
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC950
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC775
United StatesKCMOKansas CityMO589
United StatesDumasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX500
United StatesGarlandDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX320