Richmond is an unassuming city of untapped global potential. Within the first five months of moving to Virginia’s capital, our team discovered people from over 121 nations living, working, studying, and settling in the city. The foreign-born population has doubled in the past ten years, resulting in a rich and vibrant diversity of cultures. Many of these immigrants, international students, asylum seekers, and refugees are from countries that have limited or no access to the gospel. We view their presence as a God-given opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them.
Located just two hours south of Washington, D.C., Richmond was chosen as a GFM base due to its reputation as a growing geographical hub for communities of foreign-born individuals and families to call home.
Richmond offers residents many opportunities to assist refugees who have been resettled within the city limits, helping them to acclimate to life after fleeing war-torn homelands and refugee camps.
The largest 4-year public university in Virginia is located in downtown Richmond and attracts an international student population that hails from over 108 different countries. Imagine establishing friendships with inquisitive young people from all over the world who are eager meet Christians and learn about America!
The West End suburbs of Richmond are increasingly diverse, as neighborhoods transition to culturally diverse households of established, middle class immigrants. In the past 10 years, over 15,000 foreign-born neighbors have completed requirements and become US citizens.
Alongside like-minded local organizations and churches, GFM Richmond extends a warm welcome to foreign-born newcomers, many of whom come from the world’s unreached people groups and now have the opportunity to hear about and understand God’s love, through Jesus, for the first time.