The Twin Cities has become home to many displaced people groups. 1 out of 6 people in the Twin Cities are first or second-generation immigrants. In 2015 and 2016, refugees arrived in Minnesota from Somalia, Burma, Iraq, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Congo, Ukraine, Syria, Liberia, the former Soviet Union, and more.
There are an estimated 77,000 Somali people in the Twin Cities—more than anywhere else in the country. St. Paul has the largest Hmong community in the United States. The Liberian population in the Twin Cities is some of the largest in America. St. Paul has a growing population of Karen, a minority group from Burma, currently the largest in the USA.
The purpose of Envision Twin Cities is to equip and to assist district churches in reaching out to the refugee and immigrant communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the goal of planting churches in the refugee and immigrant communities as people come to faith and are discipled. We want to help the local church in building relationships with refugees and other immigrants through meeting their basic needs.