In Paris, about one out of three cafes are owned by Berbers from northern Algeria. In addition, the majority of Paris taxi drivers and many small grocery stores are owned by Berbers. Most of France's Berbers, including the Shawiya subgroup, live in Paris, the majority of whom migrated from Algeria. Berbers prefer to be known as "Imazighen," translated as "free people." When the Arabs invaded their territories in the 7th century, they were forced to give up their religion based on the worshiping of multiple gods and convert to Islam. Shawiya Berbers have a secularized adherence to Islam and often clash with Islamic fundamentalists.
Most Berbers in France are friendly; however, the majority do not accept any pressure to change their views when it comes to religion.
Believers need to take every opportunity to buy at Berber grocery stores and eat at Berber owned cafes to earn the right to engage Berbers with the knowledge of the only Savior. People need to bring them Christ, not Christianity.
"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:18
Pray this people group learns to rejoice in the Lord and His salvation.
Pray that believers would have the love and perseverance to reach out to Shawiya Berbers as Christ's ambassadors. Pray that Berbers would understand and embrace the abundant life offered by the loving Lord. Pray there would soon be a Disciple Making Movement among the Shawiya Berbers in France
|People Name||Shawiya Berbers|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|