Michigan POBLO Mission
Dearborn, Michigan has the highest proportion of Arab-Muslim-Americans in the country: over 40 percent of the city’s population. The Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America, is in Dearborn. The percent of Michigan’s population that report Arab ancestry is approximately 2 percent, compared to 1.2 percent in 2000. Foreign-born immigrants comprise more than 6 percent of Michigan’s population. There is also an increasing number of refugees from places like Iraq and Syria who now call Michigan home. For these reasons, Michigan serves as the base for POBLO’s operations. With the high concentration of Arabs in Dearborn and the greater Metro Detroit region, outreach opportunities among Muslim immigrants and refugees are endless.
In Michigan, POBLO missionaries are sharing the Gospel with Muslims and other unreached groups one-on-one, in Bible studies, and through an Arabic radio station that broadcasts Christian messages across the U.S. POBLO missionaries disciple, encourage, and counsel Muslim converts and others interested in Christianity. There are five International Friendship Centers in Michigan that — in partnership with volunteers from local churches — provide English and sewing classes to immigrants and refugees in the community. POBLO also provides refugee resettlement services; citizenship classes; food, clothing, and furniture distribution; and friendship & hospitality to those in need. POBLO is also supporting persecuted converts in Michigan. Contact us today to learn more about our volunteer opportunities in Clinton Township.
POBLO Missionaries, Sarah Christian and Joy Markus
POBLO Ambassadors, Rev. Amer Mehdikhan