The Yemeni Arabs originate from the Arabian Peninsula and have a long-standing history of Islam and Arabic culture. They are a tribal culture consisting of 1700 different tribes. Within the tribes are social strata of four classes: the wealthy, the tribesmen, the townsmen, and the slaves —they are visually distinguished by their clothing. Approximately 81,000 Yemeni Arabs live in Djibouti with less than 100 Christians living among them.
Engagement — What’s Happening Now
In the past years, East Africa has been recovering from consecutive droughts which lead to severe malnutrition and diseases such as malaria. The drought no doubt affected Yemeni Arabs; like most in this region, they are nomadic farmers who rely on the produce off the land for survival.
The need for food and water has given compassion ministries an opportunity to supply those needs as well as engage people with the love of Christ.
Sustainability — The Bigger Story
Bible colleges in the surrounding areas have proven to be a well of resource to East Africa. These bible schools equip pastors, teachers, and evangelists to reach the spiritually lost East Africa.
Partnership — Move Beyond
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14, NIV).
- Pray that God will encourage and protect the few Yemeni Arab Christians in East Africa
- Pray the hearts of the Yemeni Arab Muslims will be open to the gospel.
- Pray for compassion ministries working against malnutrition and disease by providing adequate water supplies and food.
- Pray for the ministers coming from the bible schools in surrounding areas who are called to reach those in Djibouti.
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