There are almost 1.2 million Eritrean Tigre people dispersed throughout Eritrea, Djibouti, and Sudan with the majority in Eritrea. The Tigre people are followers of Islam. Though they are Muslim, many pre-Islamic rituals and practices remain, such as animal sacrifice, belief in evil spirits, and dependence on shamans. The majority of the Tigre people are nomadic and raise cattle, goats, sheep, and camels. The Tigre people who have settled usually become farmers. Tigre women are distinguished by their elaborate gold jewelry and colorful clothing.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are many issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as malnutrition, lack of water, lack of medical aid, and widespread issues of Malaria and HIV/AIDS. Many compassion ministries exist to dig wells, provide health and medical services, and provide food for the purpose of communicating the gospel in a tangible way. Pray that this opportunity to meet obvious needs will open doors to share the gospel and engage the Tigre in Eritrea.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Full Gospel Church of Eritrea continues to grow and serve in spite of opposition. They launched the School of Leadership Training, which prepares believers to become pastors and church planters.
Pray for more long-term workers that they may not only reach the Tigre but also disciple and train the Tigre people to reach out to their neighbors.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Entrepreneurs: Due to droughts, famine and civil war many of the Tigre people are dependent on the government. Is the Holy Spirit leading you to bring compassion and entrepreneurship skills to the Tigre people?
Readers, Writers, and Speakers: The Tigre language does not have a written script resulting in many of the Tigre people being illiterate. Workers who can creatively teach the Bible and share the message of salvation are greatly needed.
Problem Solvers: Tigre people are set apart from other people groups in their region due to the act that many believe in owning hereditary slaves. Workers who can creatively share the message of freedom in Jesus are greatly needed.
Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.