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Somali in Belgium

Somali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Somali Islam 1.00 % 1.00 %   

Somali in Belgium

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Introduction / History
The Somali first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage that is an integral part of their lifestyle. Their name is derived from the words, "so maal," which literally mean, "Go milk a beast for yourself!" To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality.

Where are they located?
The majority of Somalis live in Somalia, Ethiopia, or Kenya, but a small number have made their way to Western countries like Belgium. They are much more numerous in several other European countries than they are in Belgium.

What are their lives like?
Most Somalis are in Belgium as asylum seekers or refugees. All of these people are trying to learn the local language and get re-established in a new, foreign land. In some European countries, Somalis have a high unemployment rate.

What are their beliefs?
Although the Somali are nearly all Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. The standard Islamic prayers are usually observed; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.

What are their needs?
In Belgium as well as the rest of the world, Somalis need spiritual discernment and a spiritual hunger. On an economic level, they need to learn the local languages and job skills that will help them prosper in the new country.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Somalis in Belgium.
* Pray for the Somali people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Somali people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Somali communities.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SW
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://www.linkupafrica.com/sites/default/files/somaliRave.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/PrayingForSomali

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Country: Belgium
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Somali
People Name General: Somali
Alternate People Names:
IssaOgaden
SabShabelle
सोमाली
ROP3 Code: 109392
Joshua Project People ID: 14983
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 24,095,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Somali
People Name General: Somali
Ethnic Code: CMT33e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Somali (1,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): som    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Northern Somali
Dialect Code:16821
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1915-1935
New Testament:
1972-1976Audio
Complete Bible: 1979-2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Against My Brother (Somali)
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Somali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed MatterBible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed MatterDownload scripture in this language
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Somali in Belgium

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