Rashaida in Eritrea

Unreached of the Day  8/17/2021

Rashaida in Eritrea

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.

Ministry Obstacles

A nomadic lifestyle makes it especially difficult to build relationships with people.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Scripture Focus

"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

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group soon become children of the living God.

Prayer Focus

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.



People Name Rashaida
Pronunciationruh-shah-EE-dah
Country Eritrea
10/40 Window Yes
Population 51,000
World Population 177,000
Language Arabic, Hijazi Spoken
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Unspecified
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image