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Swahili in Saudi Arabia

Swahili

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
404,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Swahili in Saudi Arabia

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Summary
The name Swahili literally means "coast," and is the name traditionally given to several people groups that share a common culture, language (Swahili), and religion (Islam) living along the eastern coast of Africa. Today, the Swahili are scattered along eastern Africa and the Persian Gulf, from Saudi Arabia to Zambia. Though they are called "Swahili" by others, they prefer to be named according to their local settlements. For about 2,000 years, the backbone of the Swahili economy has been commerce. They worked as cross-national merchants trading spices, slaves, ivory, gold, and grain. Today, international commerce is still important to the Swahili but to a lesser degree. Many upper class Swahili now manage small businesses, do clerical work, and teach school. Since the Swahili are predominantly Muslim, Islamic practices play a large role in their daily activities. The central building in each town is the mosque.

Ministry Obstacles
Swahili have generally been staunch Muslims for generations, a tradition that partially defines them.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps the Swahili will learn of the possibility of scripture downloads from the web and will be curious enough to read these downloads on their computers or phones.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are likely no followers of Jesus today among the Swahili of Saudi Arabia. Please pray the Lord will soon stir the hearts of many in this tribe to find out more about Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray Jesus will appear to some in dreams or visions.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray the Swahili in all countries of residence will gain an interest in the Savior, Jesus Christ. He died that they may find eternal life.

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Country: Saudi Arabia
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Swahili
People Name General: Swahili
Alternate People Names:
African BlackArab-Swahili
BantuBaraawe
BarwaaniBlack African
Central SwahiliCoastal
Coastal SwahiliMrima
ShiraziSiddi
Swahili ShambaUrban
Zanzibari
ROP3 Code: 109644
Joshua Project People ID: 15145
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 404,000
Population all Countries: 1,759,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
People Name General: Swahili
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Swahili
Language Code (ISO): swh    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: 1868-1968
New Testament:
1879-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1891-2009
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 RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Interconfessional ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili Union Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili, Common Language Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili, Common Language Bible wi ...
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Swahili in Saudi Arabia

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    Bantu, Swahili     Africa, North and Middle East    
     
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      Swahili Saudi Arabia    
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            Swahili in Saudi Arabia          
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      Islam     Swahili  
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