Josh and Amy Carter are our partners in the 3rd largest mission field in the world - The United States. The Carters and their team are in the process of planting a church in Portland. Portland holds the distinction of being the largest unchurched city in the United States. Portland is considered the gateway to the Pacific Northwest. The Carters hope to not plant just one church in Portland but many churches by building relationships and engaging the needs of the city.
Why Send Missionaries to U.S. cities?
The U.S. is the third largest unevangelized country - only China and India have larger unevangelized populations
Over 200 million people in the U.S. are without Jesus
200 million is the combined populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, San Diego, Portland Or., Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Charlotte, Kansas City, Salt Lake, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Raleigh, Nashville, Austin, Virginia Beach, Greensboro, Providence, Jacksonville, Hartford, Louisville, New Orleans, Grand Rapids and Greenville S.C.
Why send missionaries to Portland?
According to the Oregonian - The Portland metro area is the most religiously unaffiliated city in the United States, with 42 percent of residents identifying as atheist, agnostic or no religion in particular.
The spiritual climate in Portland is of the nature that no distinction is seen between Buddha, Mohammad, and Jesus
According to the 2010 U.S. Religious Census - the most comprehensive study of its kind - of metropolitan areas with population greater than a million, the greater area of Portland, Oregon is the least religious city.
FAQ's about Portland Oregon
The west side of Portland is known as the
Tolerance is God in Portland - their motto
Portland proper is expecting to increase in population by almost 1 million in the next 20 years