The word Jbala comes from Moroccan Arabic Jbel, which means mountain. Thus Jbala means mountain people. A man or boy is called a Jebli while a woman or a girl is called a Jebliya. They traditionally have lived in or near the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. The Jebala favor pointed-toed leather slippers, and reed hats are traditional. Their musicians sometimes perform Sufi trance music.
Access to these people is limited. Pray for creative ways for Christians to minister to them.
Gospel radio is very helpful in this region that is difficult for outsiders to access.
"By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire." 2 Peter 1:4
Pray for the believers in this people group to cling to the promises of God and escape the world’s corruption.
Pray for the few followers of Christ to cling strongly to Jesus and not be discouraged as they face trials. Pray they will learn to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Pray the Jebala community will be able to care adequately for their families, and for good schools for their children.
|Language||Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|