Arabic lettering on storefronts underscores the heavy concentration of Middle Easterners in the greater Detroit area – and the challenge for Christian outreach. Statewide, Middle Easterners now number more than a half-million in a total population of 10 million. Photo courtesy of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan
DETROIT (BP)--“In some areas of greater Detroit, you think you are in a different city,” said Jorge Sedaca, language ministries leader of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan.
“Many [Arabic families] have been here for several generations or more, since the late 1800s. They have their own newspapers, their own social clubs and their own family centers. The neighborhoods all have signs in Arabic,” Sedaca said.
The Dearborn area has the largest concentration of Arabic people outside of the Middle East. Some say they came as a result of Henry Ford’s infatuation with their culture. Ford offered them jobs and places to stay on the condition that they would teach him the ways of Islam. Read More