Harari, Adere of Ethiopia


The Harari, Adare originally only lived in the city of Harar, they refer to themselves as ge usu or “people of the city” and refer to their way of life as ge ‘ada or “the etiquette of the city”. The Harari, Adare are an urban tribe and the only people group in Ethiopia whose trade is based on a single large urban center. The Harari only speak and teach their language, Adare, to their own people. They do not marry non-Harari people and exclude outsiders. Harari society centers around kinship, friendship, community organizations with a mosque placed in the center of each community. Harari, Adere people devoutly practice Islam. The city of Harar is known as a center of Islamic learning and is called the “city of saints” due to the over 150 shrines of Muslim saints dispersed throughout the city.  

 Engagement // What’s Happening Now

The Harari, Adere isolate themselves from many people groups and remain very close-knit. There are very few believers among the Harari. Pray for openness to other believers.

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 Sustainability // The Bigger Story

The church in Ethiopia is expanding now with 300 national churches and over 200,000 adherents. There remain 45 unreached people groups. Pray God empowers the Assemblies of God in Ethiopia to reach the thousands of Harari who have not heard the gospel as well as the other 44 unreached peoples in Ethiopia.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Entrepreneurs: The Harari, Adere make a living through trade. Their women are known for their intricate basket weaving. How could your entrepreneurship skills be used to build a bridge between the Harari, Adere and Jesus?

 Readers, Writers, and Speakers: Currently, a Bible does not exist in Adere, the Harari language. Translating a Bible in Adere would require living among the Harari. Would you be willing to live among the Harari and provide them with the Word of God in their native language?

 Problem Solvers: The Harari. Adere have not responded to the gospel. Would you commit to interceding daily for the Harari, Adere of Ethiopia?

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Austin JacobsHarari, Adere of Ethiopia