Urdu in Saudi Arabia

Unreached of the Day  12/22/2021

Urdu in Saudi Arabia

pronounced: OOR-doo

Urdu Speakers in Saudi Arabia originated in South Asia. They possess a group identity based on cultural and historical factors: the Islamic religion and the Urdu language. Urdu speakers in Saudi Arabia include the illiterate and the educated, the poor and the money lenders, the landlords and the religious leaders. Presently there is such diversity among these Urdu speakers that it is difficult to identify how to approach them.

Ministry Obstacles

Although they are Muslims, this is no longer a unifying factor due to differences among sects and social classes. Confusion and darkness reigns where truth and light must reign. They must be reached where they are, whether in their South Asian homelands or Saudi Arabia.

Outreach Ideas

Believers of many backgrounds, educations, and skills are needed to take this opportunity to live His life before this varied people group and to reach them with the gospel.

Scripture Focus

"When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”"  Revelation 5:8-10

Scripture Prayer

Pray for many in this people group to begin to worship and serve the Lord of lords.

Prayer Focus

There are no known Urdu speaking followers of Christ in Saudi Arabia, so pray that this will be the decade when a disciple-making movement begins among them, transforming their communities. * Pray for God to raise up bi-vocational lay leaders to creatively show poor Urdu speakers ways to earn a better living, and how to allow Jesus to bless their lives. * Movements happen with abundant gospel sowing, so ask God to pave the way for Urdu speakers to become part of His "forgiven" family.

People Name Urdu
Country Saudi Arabia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 764,000
World Population 1,929,500
Language Urdu
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image