Libyan Arabs in Belgium


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Introduction / History

Since the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, there has been much violence in Libya from factions that want to take power in this oil-rich nation. Libyans have been trying to escape the violence to peaceful lands in Europe like Belgium. Though many Belgians disagree with one another regarding what their policy should be, they are becoming overwhelmed with refugees from volatile parts of the Muslim world.


Where Are they Located?

Many of the Libyans who make it to Belgium live in Brussels, but others are being moved into separate communities in the cold northern lands.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyans who try to make it to Belgium are often traumatized by going across the Mediterranean Sea in leaky boats that sometimes capsize leaving people to drown. They sometimes don't know if others they came with arrived safely. Those who arrive in the safety of Belgium know that they can easily be sent back to the catastrophe they escaped in Libya.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenian Jews carried the gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam replaced Christianity in the 600s AD. Today there are almost no known followers of Christ in Libya. The Libyan Arabs are one of the most unreached people groups in the world.

Most Libyan Arabs are not aware of what Christians really believe. Because of their strong Muslim roots, even if they had an opportunity to hear the gospel, they would not initially consider the message for themselves.


What Are Their Needs?

Libyan refugees in Europe desperately need a safe home where they can raise their families, have education for their children, and earn a living. Libyans also have a rare opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in Belgium, a land of religious freedom.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Libyan in Belgium.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Libyan Arabs in Belgium a spiritual hunger that will drive them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the religious freedom in Europe to result in many Libyans giving their hearts to Jesus.
* Pray for Libyan Arab family leaders to understand and embrace the ways of the Lord.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among Libyan Arabs in Belgium.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13169/LY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_Belgium


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arabs
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 2,653,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948
Country Belgium
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (4,600 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (4,600 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2017)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.07 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.80 %
Non-Religious
0.10 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Valonial Hardy  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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