Somali in Yemen

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People Name: Somali
Country: Yemen
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 528,000
World Population: 26,948,600
Primary Language: Somali
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.05 %
Evangelicals: 0.03 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Somali
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Somali people are one of the most homogenous people groups in Africa, speaking a common language and adhering to a single faith (Islam).

What Are Their Lives Like?

Somali women do not wear customary veils. Most Somalis in Yemen are farmers, city dwellers and nomadic shepherds. A growing number of Somali refugees have fled to Yemen in an attempt to escape Somali's brutal civil war only to live in the midst of another one in Yemen.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam is the main religion. Muslims know Jesus (Isa) is the Messiah (al Masih) sent by God, embodying his Word, but view Christianity as a campaign to destroy their families, communities and way of life. Somalis have mingled numerous beliefs and practices with their Islamic religion causing much confusion.

What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for humanitarian workers armed with God's Word to show the love of God to Somali people in Yemen in practical ways. Although Bible resources, written, audio, and visual exist in Somali, people remain unreached.

Prayer Points

Since movements are based on the authority of Scripture, pray that believers reproduce obedience-based discipleship groups.
Pray that God will raise up bi-vocational lay leaders and creatively reveal avenues for sharing the gospel.
Pray that God will raise up many prayer teams to "adopt" Somali people in Yemen; praying until the blessing of knowing Jesus spreads rapidly from family to family.
Pray that God will cause the revelation of his love and his Word to move swiftly through Somali families and clans in Yemen until He is honored and worshiped by them.

Text Source:   Joshua Project