The Rashaida emigrated from Saudi Arabia more than a century ago. They now live in East Africa.
A nomadic people, they live in colorful Bedouin-style tents made of goatskin. Women own the tents and construct them with materials from their dowry. The men are known as exceptional traders and use both camels and small pickups to transport goods from the Middle East. They also breed racing camels that are highly prized all over East Africa.
The Rashaida are predominantly Muslim, each family usually constructs a family prayer house where they can perform their daily prayers.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The region is religiously divided between Christianity and Islam. Someone is either considered a 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.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The journal “Live Dead Africa” shares that the Rashaida are the “bad boys” of the Arab world. Due to 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
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- 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.
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