The Malayali are a people group that are spread out across 13 nations around the globe. Traditionally, the Malayali live in a more rural setting, and emphasize farming, herding, and gathering non-timber forest products from the forests nearby. Tradition and history are highly important to the Malayali, and the elders among them are generally held in high honor. The diaspora Malayali tend to adapt their values and practices more to the cultures they live in, but still have roots of the traditional Malayali lifestyle in their culture.*
Engagement — What’s Happening Now
There are around 51 thousand Malayali in Qatar, with around 2% Evangelical Christians among them.* The church in Qatar is growing, and has plans to expand out to neighboring cities and countries.
The country’s leadership is increasingly under pressure to modernize. Technically the current constitution protects religious freedom. Yet conversion from Islam to Christianity is still considered apostasy and converts face persecution from family and the government. Christians caught sharing their faith with Muslims can face jail time of up to 10 years.**
Sustainability — The Bigger Story
The Malayali in Qatar are hearing and accepting the Gospel, but this is only the beginning. There are still many who have not heard the Gospel, and there is need for willing servants to help minister to the unreached in Qatar.
Click here to join in the effort to reach the Malayali in Qatar.
Partnership — Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
— Boldness for Christian believers in Qatar
— Fear to be abolished in the lives of the Malayali and that threats would not keep them from sharing their faith
— Openness to the message of the Gospel, for divine encounters with other believers, for dreams and visions from God, for forms of media that reach into places where individuals and groups cannot
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* = Joshua Project, 2015.
** = Pray4Qatar.