Sudanese Arabs in East Africa

Sudanese Arabs originally migrated from Saudi Arabia as nomads. Sudanese Arabs tend to live in villages or small towns and grow crops and raise livestock. Many have lived in a war-torn country for many years.  Their culture values having children since they mean that the family will have workers for their farms and someone to care for them when they reach old age. Boys are usually given preferential treatment while girls are taught to obey their future husbands from a very young age. Sudanese Arabs are devout followers of Islam. Islam is intertwined in every area of their lives.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

There are very few believers among the Sudanese Arabs. Those who have converted to Christianity usually face persecution or marginalization from their community. In the blog post “Yes he can but why would he?”, a global worker encounters a young student who had opened the door to conversations about Jesus.

Pray for Sudanese Arabs to open the door to conversations about Jesus just as this young African man did.

To join in reaching Sudanese Arabs of Africa visit Live Dead.

 Sustainability // The Bigger Story

Women are not viewed as equals among the Sudanese Arabs. From a young age, women are taught their value and worth is attained by their obedience to men and modesty. Say Hello empowers and equips women to build relationships with Muslim women and to give them a sense of dignity.

Pray that as women receive training that they may be burdened for Sudanese women and emboldened to reach them through church planting efforts.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Entrepreneurs: Many Sudanese Arabs live in cities and small rural villages, while a few live as desert shepherds. These shepherds have temporary dwellings and move from place to place with their herds. Sudanese Arabs who live in towns or cities have a greater variety of occupations and tend to be more prosperous and educated. Consider the role you might play to partner with AGWM in reaching these different socioeconomic groups.

Readers, Writers, Speakers: Heavy borrowing of vocabulary from local languages has resulted in a form of Arabic called Sudanese Arabic. The language is unique to Sudan and reflects the unique mix of both African and Arab cultures. How can you assist in ensuring that the message of salvation is taken to them in their native languages?

Problem Solvers: Since 1983, conflict between the areas now known as Sudan (which is predominantly Arab), and South Sudan (which has a larger population of animists and Christians), has accounted for more than 2 million deaths. Pray that the gospel would spread in the midst of tension. Pray also that the Holy Spirit would inspire believers to lead by advocating for creative alternatives to conflict.

Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.

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