Berber, Tekna in Western Sahara

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The name Berber comes from an Arabic name for the aboriginal people west and south of Egypt. Berber is a generic name given to numerous ethnic groups who share similar cultural, political and economical practices. The arabization of the Berber people happened in three stages, the third stage taking place between the 15th and 17th centuries. Their main vocation is settled agriculture, not nomadic wanderings.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Christ causes a Berber to risk much. Losing one's place in family and society is not a trivial loss, and physical danger may be involved.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful in this remote region.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may presently be no followers of Christ within this Berber people group, but pray for those who will soon develop. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray these Berber peoples will once again find the Christian faith of their forefathers of long ago.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-02-05
People Name General Berber, Tekna
People Name in Country Berber, Tekna
Population in Western Sahara 119,000
World Population 719,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Saharawi, Sahrawi, Tekna Berber
People ID 15320
ROP3 Code 109923

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Primary Language Tachelhit
Language Code shi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Other People Groups Speaking Tachelhit
Primary Language Tachelhit
Language Code shi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Tachelhit

Primary Language:  Tachelhit

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1906-1925)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tachelhit
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.96 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
75.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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