Somali in Belgium


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Main Language
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Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Somali first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage that is an integral part of their lifestyle. Their name is derived from the words, "so maal," which literally mean, "Go milk a beast for yourself!" To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of Somalis live in Somalia, Ethiopia, or Kenya, but a small number have made their way to Western countries like Belgium. They are much more numerous in several other European countries than they are in Belgium.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Somalis are in Belgium as asylum seekers or refugees. All of these people are trying to learn the local language and get re-established in a new, foreign land. In some European countries, Somalis have a high unemployment rate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Somali are nearly all Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. The standard Islamic prayers are usually observed; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.


What Are Their Needs?

In Belgium as well as the rest of the world, Somalis need spiritual discernment and a spiritual hunger. On an economic level, they need to learn the local languages and job skills that will help them prosper in the new country.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Somali in Belgium.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Somalis in Belgium.
* Pray for the Somali people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Somali people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Somali communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SW
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://www.linkupafrica.com/sites/default/files/somaliRave.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/PrayingForSomali


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 23,983,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Issa; Ogaden; Sab; Shabelle; सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
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 Somali (1,400 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Northern Somali
Dialect Code 16821   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Somali (1,400 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Northern Somali
Dialect Code 16821   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali

Primary Language:  Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1915-1935)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1972-1976)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1979-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Against My Brother (Somali)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Somali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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