Sam & Joanna Choi: For All People
The Twin Cities area has the largest Somali population outside of Somalia. It is home to the largest Hmong population in the United States, and the Hispanic population has grown by 38% in a decade.
“Although you have different ethnicities and backgrounds in our city, they’re all pocketed and avoid each other,” says church planting missionary Sam Choi of All Peoples Church. But All Peoples Church sets a different example—unity from diversity.
The ministry focus is on the unchurched. It takes patience to disciple new believers whose new faith means major life change. Outreach strategies have included engaging visitors at the Mall of America and regular meals at the park to build relationships.
Sam says the goal is not to get people to the church for a pastor to share the gospel but for the church members to go out and look for intentional encounters.
“We’re only blocks from George Floyd Square where he tragically died. Having a truly multi-ethnic church here will be challenging but a powerful witness,” says Sam.
- Growth in numbers to be matched with spiritual maturity.
- Faithfulness to the mission to reach the nations in Minneapolis.
- Church to be an everyday experience that doesn’t begin and end in a building.