London proclaims itself the “capital of the world”—and for good reason. With a population of some 8.6 million people (estimates range as high as 14 million for the greater metro region), London is the largest city in Western Europe. Much of the world’s high-powered finance flows through its gleaming office towers and great investment houses. Population numbers and dollars, however, don’t tell the true tale of London’s global reach.
The Guardian newspaper confirmed London has become “a world in one city,” finding major and minor ethnic/language communities throughout the metropolis: Algerians, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Indians, Iranians, Jamaicans, Nigerians, Pakistanis, Poles, Russians, Somalis, Sri Lankans, Turks, Vietnamese—to name only a few groups. In some United Kingdom cities, two strangers bumping into each other by accident have less than a 50 percent chance of belonging to the same racial group, the newspaper reported.
The total area of London is 1,572 sq. km. (607 sq. mile) with a population density of 5,491 people per sq. km. And for sharing the gospel, this can be ideal. The vast majority of people don’t have a relationship with Jesus and more than likely have never met a true follower of Jesus. For instance, it’s reported that a twenty-something in the UK has a 97 percent chance of having never met a follower of Jesus in her entire life. If you’re intentional during your time in London, you’ll consistently find opportunities to meet people who’ve never heard the gospel.