There are more than 250,000 immigrants in Wisconsin — nearly 5 percent of the state’s population. The majority are from Asian and Latino countries, including Iraq, Somalia, and Laos. Wisconsin boasts the third largest Hmong population in the U.S., many of which came as political refugees from Laos in the 1980s and 1990s.  Laotian Hmongs are the largest ethnic group in the state. More than 4.5 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin are immigrants or children of immigrants.

In Wisconsin, missionaries Praveen Manuel and Ebou Faye engage in evangelism and community outreach among immigrants and refugees primarily from South Asia and North Africa. There are three International Friendship Centers in Wisconsin, where volunteers provide English and sewing classes as a way to reach out in the community and connect with new Americans. Missionaries distribute food, clothing, and household items to at-need refugee families and provide refugee resettlement assistance. They also engage in street Evangelism and provide Bible studies and discipleship for new Christians. Contact us today to learn more about our volunteer jobs in Wisconsin.

POBLO Missionary, Ebou Faye
POBLO Ambassador, Rev. Wayne C. Schroeder