The Rashaida are a Bedouin people, who populate either side of the Red Sea and came from a major tribe in mainland Arabia about 150 years ago. They are a nomadic people who live in tents made of goatskin, and they are herdsmen, raising primarily goats and sheep. Since many do not read, they memorize in great detail the pedigree of their animals, keeping mental records of their herds over seven or eight preceding generations of the flock.
A nomadic lifestyle makes it especially difficult to build relationships with people.
The gospel message needs to come to these people orally, using stories from Scripture, videos, recordings and similar means. Bridges of friendship need to be built.
"Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, it shall be said to them, Children of the living God." Hosea 1:10
Pray that this people group soon become children of the living God.
There may be a few followers of Christ among the Rashaida community. Pray for them to become loving ambassadors of Christ to their families and communities. Pray Rashaida families would be able to live peaceful lives. Pray for stability and prosperity in Eritrea. Pray for bold and loving workers to go to the Rashaida people to build God's Church in Eritrea and beyond.
|Language||Arabic, Hijazi Spoken|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|