Summary Awjila is an oasis town in the Al Wahat District in the Cyrenaica region of northeastern Libya, on the east-west caravan route between Egypt and Tripoli. This oasis is mentioned by Herodotus (c. 484 – 425 BC). The people of the oasis are mainly Berber. They cultivate small gardens using water from deep wells, and the dates they raise are well known for their high quality. From the Arab conquest in the 7th century, Islam has played an important role in the community. The Great Mosque of Atiq is the oldest masjed (mosque) in the Sahara with a unique style of architecture. The people are shifting from the Awjilah language to Arabic.
Ministry Obstacles Access to this desert oasis is not easy, and the people have been Muslim for 1300 years.
Outreach Ideas Please pray for the Imams as they study the Koran. Pray the Lord will reveal himself to them in powerful ways, leading them to understand and believe that Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) is truly deity, the Son of God.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are no known followers of Jesus among the Awjilah people at this time.
Pray for the entire people group Pray for peace throughout Libya, and for a stable and effective government.
Scripture Focus I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”