Bedouin, Gulf of United Arab Emirates

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Bedouin, Gulf of United Arab Emirates

The name "Bedouin" is derived from the Arab word bedu. It is a term used for those groups who migrate with their herds. Today, many Bedouin live as semi-nomads. Political borders are of little importance to the Bedouin, although various government restrictions are now having more affect on their migratory lifestyle than in times past. While most of the Bedouin are Sunni Muslims (many of the Malikite branch), there is still a basic belief in spirits known as jinnis. The jinnis are, according to Muslim legend, spirits capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over humans.

Ministry Obstacles

It's not easy to establish long-term, trusting relationships with the semi-nomadic Bedouin. Special effort is needed to befriend these people.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel radio may be very effective in reaching the Bedouin. Pray for excellent programming that will capture the interest of the Bedouin, and that they will find these broadcast frequencies.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray the few believers in Jesus among the Bedouin will have hungry hearts to be real disciples of Christ. Pray they will live holy lives, and learn to live joyously as they are filled with the Lord's Spirit. Pray they will not be fearful to bear testimony to the Lord's goodness.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Bedouin tribes will be able to make necessary adjustments to the changing conditions of the 21st century. Pray their children will have opportunities to attend schools.

Scripture Focus

"And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3

People Name: Bedouin, Gulf
Country: United Arab Emirates
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 762,000
World Population: 762,000
Language: Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image