People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Arab, Yemeni of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 61,105

ROP3 Code: 109729
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Yemeni
Language: Sanaani Arabic - (ayn)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Yemen

Majority Located Where

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 25,000

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 20,000

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 2,270

  Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY - 1,681

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 1,510

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Brief Profile

Arab, Yemeni people began to move to North America to flee the impoverished conditions of Yemen, they simply came to America looking for a better life. Many Yemenis came to America to work in the automotive industry and because of this Michigan is home to a large percentage of the American, Yemeni population. A large number of first generation Yemenis came to America many years ago and have since retired and have had children that have gone on to be very successful in their chosen profession. Often times before a man would move his entire family to the United States he would come for a year or two to work then after he had saved the money and found a good place to settle he would bring the rest of the family with him.

Most Arab, Yemeni people are devout followers of Islam. Women wear traditional dress and the men marry Yemeni women.

They are very close to other Arab People Groups in their communities. As a result, they retain much of their culture. Their closest relationships though are with their families. They have very close ties to their family and they rely very heavily upon one another. Children, even after being grown and married, help and care for their parents.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God would open the hearts of these hardworking people.
  • Pray that God would show the Yemeni Arab people of their need to rely on Him.
  • Pray that the Church in America would begin to minister among the Yemeni Arab people.


People Group Resources

Arab, Yemeni Story Set
Bible stories selected for use among Yemeni Arabs

CAP Voices
Great written, audio, in video resources in various Yemeni dialects.

Global Recordings Network - Northern Yemeni
Audio Bible stories and resources in Northern Yemeni Arabic.

The Prophet's Story - Northern Yemeni
The Prophets' Story Creation to Christ video in Northern Yemeni Arabic dialect.


Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.


Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaCalgaryCalgaryAB290
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR83
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA657
United StatesReedleyFresnoCA657
United StatesPinoleSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA2,270
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA823
United StatesOak LawnChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,510
United StatesHamtramckDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI25,000
United StatesBurgawWilmingtonNC2
United StatesBrooklynNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY20,000
United StatesLackawannaBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,681
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY391
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON1,435
CanadaGatineauOttawa–GatineauQC695
United StatesMemphisMemphisTN401
United StatesMcAllenMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX15
United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX390



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