Berber, Shawiya in France

photo source: Joshua Project

The Shawiya Berbers are originally from Northern Africa, millions have migrated to Europe. In France alone, there are nearly 200,000 Shawiya Berbers. The Shawiya Berbers are known as proud, persistent and loyal; they are also considered lovers of the soil. Immigration to France has declined due to European labor restrictions. The Shawiya who remain in France typically live in poverty-stricken areas and hold blue-collar work positions such as construction workers, street cleaners or miners. Prior to converting to Islam, the Shawiya Berbers followed Christianity. The majority of the Shawiya Berbers are Muslim but have worked hard to maintain their Berber culture and many have little to no knowledge of Koranic practices.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

In most of the North African countries which the Shawiya Berbers are originally from access to the Gospel is very restricted. In France, there is much freedom to share the Gospel. Even though there is much freedom to share the Gospel in France there aren’t any known Shawiya Berber believers.

Europe’s Children seeks to reach children all around Europe. In the article “Eternal Fruit in France”, we read that this organization is able to send Muslim students to a summer camp to play games, laugh, build friendships and have the opportunity to hear about the gospel.

 Sustainability // The Bigger Story

In France, there are over 2,500 mosques. Global workers arduously work to connect with Muslims from all backgrounds. Said, a global worker in France, states that he and his wife have a common goal “to provide every imam (Islamic leader) in France with a Bible.

You can read more about their vision for France in the article, “Europe: It’s Not What You Think.

To continue the conversation about how you can join the efforts to reach the Shawiya Berbers in Europe visit Europe Missions.

 Partnership // Move Beyond

Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:

  • As the gospel is preached, pray God opens their hearts and minds to hear the message.
  • Many Berber live in the lower end of society and are often subject to racial prejudice. Pray that the church will be the difference in society and embody what it means to love one’s neighbor.
  • Pray for God to reveal himself to Shawiya Berber children.

Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.

Joshua HuverBerber, Shawiya in France