Rashaida in Eritrea

The Rashaida are a nomadic people group who migrated from Saudi Arabia to Eritrea and Sudan 170 years ago. The Rashaida prefer living in isolated communities and many make their living off trading. At a young age, their women cover their faces with decorative veils. As in most Arab cultures, Islam is core to their culture and influences all aspects of their livelihood.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

Eritrea is religiously divided between Christianity and Islam. An Eritrean is either Muslim or Christian, which leads to strong cultural divides and animosity. For a decidedly Muslim people group such as the Rashaida, conversion can seem impossible, but with our God, nothing is impossible. God is speaking to Muslims in East Africa through dreams and visions, and they are responding and giving their lives to Him.

Follow the link to the article “Reaching Muslims in East Africa” to read a miraculous story of how God called an Islamic leader and changed his life and who now serves as a pastor and evangelist.

Problem Solvers

Live Dead Africa explains that the Rashaida are the “bad boys” of the Arab world because as part of their business of trading, they involve themselves in smuggling and trafficking. Even so, there are no known Christians among the Rashaida, and prayer is important for change to occur. Prayer is needed for workers and church planters seeking to build a Christian community among the Rashaida.

Partnership // Move Beyond

“When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’ ” (Matthew 19:25–26, NIV).

• As God is calling Rashaida—whether by visions and dreams or other Christians—pray that they will respond to His calling and know His love.
• Pray for Christians in Eritrea that they will be compelled to witness to their Muslim neighbors.
• For those who are called to minister to the Rashaida, pray for open doors and opportunities to plant churches and minister to the Rashaida.

Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.

Joshua HuverRashaida in Eritrea