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Baloch, Southern in United Arab Emirates

Baloch, Southern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
387,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Baloch, Southern in United Arab Emirates

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Introduction / History
The Southern Baluch of the U.A.E. are part of a larger Baluch community of several million. Their homeland lies in the southern areas of Baluchistan and Sind Provinces in southern Pakistan. They began migrating to the Arab lands 70 years ago when oil was discovered there. Their name, "Baluch," is shrouded in controversy. Some say it means "nomad," while others claim that it means "the cock's crest." Some have traced their origins to Nimrod, son of Cush (Noah's grandson). While some things are uncertain, we do know that they first moved to the region in the twelfth century. It was during the Mogul period that their territory became known as Baluchistan.

Despite the disrupted contact with their homeland, the Baluch in the U.A.E. have kept their ethnic and linguistic distinctions. The various Baluch groups speak different languages, each with distinguishing traits. These languages have been classified as Eastern, Western, or Southern Baluchi.

What are their lives like?
The United Arab Emirates is a confederation of seven kingdoms, or emirates, which united in 1971. Located on the eastern Arabian peninsula, the emirates are linked by a common dependence on oil revenues. Most of the people of the U.A.E. are tribal Arabs who have lived in the region for centuries. Rivalries among the tribes have made it difficult to establish a unified nation. Before the mid-1900s, the region was one of the most underdeveloped in the world. However, with the discovery of oil in the late 1950s came sudden wealth, and modern industries and cities were developed. By the 1970s, the U.A.E. had one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.

The U.A.E. is largely urbanized, and the Southern Baluch have been able to find work as unskilled laborers, policemen, or fishermen. Other Baluch have joined the military. Still others labor in the oil fields and on the farms of the wealthy Gulf States. Although the Baluch work extremely hard, they are much better off than they were in Baluchistan, one of the poorest areas of the world. The Southern Baluch in the U.A.E. speak and dress much like Arabs, but they live in separate Baluch communities.

The traditional Baluch economy is based on a combination of farming and semi-nomadic herding. While survival techniques may vary, each community tries to keep a wide variety of animals and grows many different crops.

Baluchmayar is the honor code by which the Baluch live. Principles such as extending hospitality and mercy, dealing with one another honestly, and offering refuge to strangers are very important. These beliefs are preserved through both songs and poetry. Children learn how to behave by watching their elders and are teased if they misbehave.

What are their beliefs?
Although the Baluch are a scattered people, they all follow Islam. Most are Sunni Muslims, but underneath their Islamic faith is a strong undercurrent of animism (belief that non-human objects have spirits). Prior to the coming of Islam, the Baluch were probably followers of Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion. Because of the mixture of old religions with Islam, the Baluch tend to be less devout than the more orthodox Arabs.

What are their needs?
Sunni Islam is the state religion of the U.A.E., but religious minorities have freedom of worship. However, no outreach to the unreached indigenous population is officially permitted. Both the urban educated and the rural illiterates have had little exposure to the Gospel. In addition, according to Islamic law, a Muslim who professes faith in Christ can be put to death. Perhaps that fact partially explains the small number of Baluch converts.

Scripture materials, including the Jesus film and gospel radio are available. However, if these tools are to produce lasting fruit, they must be accompanied by much prayer.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of U.A.E.'s leaders to the preaching of the Gospel.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to any missions agencies focusing on the Southern Baluch.
* Pray that Jesus will reveal Himself as Lord to the Southern Baluch.
* Pray that God will greatly multiply the efforts of the Baluch believers as they share Christ with their friends and families.
* Ask God to raise up intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Southern Baluch.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Southern Baluch.

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Country: United Arab Emirates
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:45 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
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People Name in Country: Baloch, Southern
People Name General: Baloch, Southern
Alternate People Names:
BalochBaluch
Baluchi, SouthernSouthern Baluch
ROP3 Code: 109469
Joshua Project People ID: 15034
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 387,000
Population all Countries: 1,637,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Baloch
People Name General: Baloch, Southern
Ethnic Code: CNT24b
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Language
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Primary Language: Balochi, Southern (387,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bcc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1992-1994
New Testament:
1999
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Balochi, Southern
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story (Tamil Musalmani)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Southern Balochi
Text / Printed MatterBible: Southern Balochi
 
 
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