At one time the Midgan people were hunters and gatherers. Some performed circumcisions for other Somali people, which was considered an unclean profession. Though the Somalis are an ethnically cohesive group, they have castes which divide them. The Midgans are among the least prestigious castes among Somali people, both in Somalia and Kenya.
There are only a couple thousand Midgan people, but they live either in Somalia or Kenya. There might be some in Ethiopia as well.
Today the Midgan people are artisans who perform the lowliest of jobs—smiths, barbers, leather-workers, street-sweepers, and janitors. Traditionally, they have been forbidden from owning land and livestock, and even today they cannot participate in local business or politics. Their lines of work are considered very dirty, so they are also considered a unclean people. Rape by other Somali clans is a common occurrence, and it usually goes unpunished. In addition, Midgan children do not go to school because they cannot afford fees and are at risk of mistreatment by other children. They have been given the pejorative name of Madhiban.
Surprisingly, the Midgan people in Somalia adhere to their tribal religion, while those in Kenya have converted to Islam.
The Midgan people in Kenya need the opportunity to learn new trades and skills so they can get out of their low position.
* Pray for the Midgan people to be given the chance to encounter the Savior who loves and accepts all who come to Him.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and the ability to understand that Jesus Christ offers them the chance to become part of His high kingdom.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Midgan people both in Kenya and in Somalia.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-27|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Somali (2,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||som Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Somali|
Primary Language: Somali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1972-1976)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||New|
|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 (Indigitube.tv)|
|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 (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Somali Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|