Ethnic Assemblies Intro

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It seemed desirable to separate the ethnic assemblies from the main body of this work, even though the assembly histories listed by states and provinces are thereby shortened.

 By ‘Ethnic Assemblies’ I mean assemblies for which the language used is not English, or was not English initially, or those assemblies which use both English and another language in their services. The French-speaking assemblies in Quebec and nearby areas are not included in this section. Most of the assemblies described in this section are also referred to briefly in the states and provinces in which they are or were located.

The number of currently existing ethnic assemblies on the continent is considerably greater than those discussed here because the majority of them did not respond to the requests for information. Judging from assembly names alone as given in recent Walterick Address Books and other knowledge, I can identify about 50 ethnic assemblies, not including the many French-speaking assemblies in Canada. There are undoubtedly many more, and so 60 to 70 is not an unreasonable guess for the number of ethnic assemblies currently the United States and Canada.

For brethren involvement with the American Indians, I expand the discussion beyond assembly histories to describe briefly the extensive assembly missionary work with these Native Americans.