Sinhalese in Qatar


Population
45,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sinhalese culture goes back about 2600 years when migrants from what is now northern India went to Sri Lanka. Eventually these new settlers developed a language which we now call Sinhala, and the people were Sinhalese. Around 250 B.C. they embraced Buddhism, which became part of their identity as a people.

Sinhalese people who live in Qatar migrated there for education or for better living and working conditions.


Where Are they Located?

By far the most Sinhalese people live in their country of origin, Sri Lanka, but some have migrated elsewhere, including Qatar. Sinhalese live in the peninsula of Qatar which is bordered by Saudi Arabia on the west. Qatar is a tiny Arabian peninsular state that is almost entirely desert.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are many opportunities in Qatar. Sinhalese people in Qatar work in agriculture, in the oil and gas fields, in arts, sciences, education, tourism, and business. The service industry provides many employment opportunities. In Qatar, education from ages 8-18 is both free and academically excellent. Several universities are available. There are no sales nor income taxes in this wealthy nation.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Unlike the Arab majority, the Sinhalese in Qatar are 95 percent Buddhist. The strict Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam is the state religion in Qatar. Proselytism is forbidden, but expatriates are allowed to practice their faith. It is believed that there are a few followers of Jesus among Sinhalese in Qatar.


What Are Their Needs?

Resources in the Sinhalese language include a complete Sinhalese Bible, an audio New Testament online, JESUS Film, and gospel recordings. The Sinhalese need to have the spiritual hunger it will take to find and use these resources.


Prayer Points

* Pray that gospel radio, television, and Christian websites might penetrate the homes and hearts of Sinhalese people living in Qatar.
* Pray that greater unity, effective discipling of believers, and sensitive sharing of faith will occur among the Sinhalese in Qatar.
* Pray for a mighty disciple making movement among the Sinhalese both in Sri Lanka and in Qatar.


References

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest)
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14196QA
https://joshuaprojecyt.net/people_groups/1496CE
http://beyondreached.com/Sinhalese-in-qatar/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese_people
http://www.findmyfavouriteteacher.com/teachers-searchresult.php?mode=search&language-Sinhalese&country=175&country2=Qatar&state=Any&city=Doha
http://www.operationworld.org/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sinhalese
People Name in Country Sinhalese
Population in Qatar 45,000
World Population 11,131,500
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Cingalese, Singalese, Singhalese, Sinhala, सिनलीज़
People ID 14196
ROP3 Code 109305
Country Qatar
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Qatar
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Sinhala (45,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala
Primary Language Sinhala (45,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1823-1982)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.20 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
8.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Photo Source Sally Cawthra, London, England  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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