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Putting out a welcome mat

Minneapolis synod ministry helps congregations reach new immigrants

Ron Prasek walked into the Agora Ministries office looking for ways to make Prince of Peace Lutheran Church more welcoming to its increasingly diverse community in Brooklyn Park, Minn. For the pastor, it was like stepping through the looking glass into a multicultural place where people from all over the world meet to encourage each other in Christian ministry.

Despite its Scandinavian image, the Minneapolis area is home to thousands of ethnic groups, including more than 60,000 immigrants from African nations, according to CityScope Report, published by Religion Information Resources in Ritchfield, Minn. As an outreach ministry of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Agora helps congregations like Prince of Peace expand their mission among ethnic communities.



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