Unreached of Day: 2024-5-9

Afar in Djibouti


Afar in Djibouti

The Afar (or Danakil) claim to be descendants of Noah's son Ham. They live in the East African countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Afar of Djibouti live either along the coastline bordering Ethiopia, or in a portion of the Danakil Desert that stretches across Ethiopia into Eritrea. Djibouti is sometimes called "a valley of hell" because it has one of the hottest, driest climates in the world and suffers from drought. Most Afar are nomads who herd sheep, goats, cattle and camels and some are fishermen. Market day is important to the Afar and some travel great distances to sell and buy necessities. A man's wealth, however, is measured by the size of his herds. They are a proud people who emphasize strength and bravery.

Ministry Obstacles

Early in their history, the Afar were heavily influenced by the Islamic religion and today, Islam is still held in great esteem. Many pre-Islamic beliefs and customs are also prevalent. There is also mounting political tension regionally.

Outreach Ideas

There are radio broadcasts that can reach the Afar people if they would only listen and heed Christ's call.

Scripture Focus

"As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."  Psalm 103:12

Scripture Prayer

Pray for this people group to find forgiveness and relationship with the Lord Almighty.

Prayer Focus

The few Afar believers are isolated, with social pressure to return to Islam. They need the Holy Spirit's strength to hold on to their faith in Christ. Ask the Lord to bring forth a movement to Christ among the Afar people this decade.

Afar in Djibouti

People Name: Afar
Pronunciation:AH-far
Country: Djibouti
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 339,000
World Population: 2,850,000
Language: Afar
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherent: 0.03%
Evangelical: 0.01%
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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