Amazigh, Djerba of Tunisia

The Amazigh, Djerba are located on the island of Djerba in south Tunisia. They are a Berber people group which are the indigenous people of North Africa. Like other Berber groups, they are a proud people and are proud of their Berber identity.

Before the Arab conquest in the seventh century, many of the Berbers were Christian. When the Arabs came, they disguised their faith under the rule of Islam. Some of the mosque architecture has cross symbols, as well as on designs on carpets, and tattoos on women’s faces. Most do not know their Christian heritage today. The Djerba are Ibadi Muslims as opposed to the majority of Tunisian Muslims who are Maliki Muslims. Ibadi means they do not just profess Islam but practice it.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

Photo Source: Joshua Project

One team from Live Dead North Africa shared the story of a young Muslim woman who came to their English club. God led one person in the group to ask this lady her story. She said that when she was 10-years-old, Jesus revealed himself to her in a dream, but she never told anyone. They told her about the love of Jesus, and she read the Gospel of John in Arabic and said, “Jesus loved everyone. He loved women. He forgave. He loved those who hated Him. He can set me free. I don’t have to live in bondage. He prayed for me. He did that all for us! This is beautiful!”

Read the story here.

Readers, Writers, and Speakers

There is no translation of the Bible in their language, Nafusi. In 1982, Wycliffe formed the Bibleless People Prayer Project (BPPP). This project seeks to recruit men and women to “prayerfully lay the foundation for a translation program to begin in each of the world’s Bibleless people groups.”  You can join a prayer team and prayer specifically for the translation of the Bible for a people group and you can receive updates concerning the progress of translation for the people group. Learn more on their website: https://www.wycliffe.org/prayer/bppp

Partnership // Move Beyond

  • Pray for a Bible translation in Nafusi so that Muslims in Tunisia may have a similar experience as the lady did in the Live Dead testimony.
  • Pray for church plants and ministries in Tunisia, that God will provide opportunities to minister to Djerba people.
  • Pray God reveals himself in visions and dreams to Djerba people.

To get involved, see the Eurasia Pipeline. Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.

Joshua HuverAmazigh, Djerba of Tunisia