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Tigre, Eritrean in Canada

Tigre, Eritrean

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Tigre Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Tigre, Eritrean in Canada

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Introduction / History
The Tigre were traditionally nomadic shepherds who lived in Eritrea and northeastern Sudan. They were distinguished from other regional peoples by the fact that they possessed hereditary slaves. Historically, most of the Tigre have been scattered between Eritrea's northern highlands and western lowlands. They have somewhat shifted into Sudan in search of water and grazing lands.

The Tigreans, descendants of the ancient Egyptians, are generally tall and have narrow noses and brown skin. Influenced by Muslim Arab missionaries, most of the Tigreans converted to Islam during the 1800s. Since their language, Tigre, has no script of its own, most literate Tigreans write in Arabic. The Tigreans in Eritrea have suffered from recent droughts, famine, and civil war. Although many are still nomads, most are semi-nomadic; others have become settled farmers. Still others migrated to other parts of the world like Canada to start a new life.

Where are they located?
A good percentage of the Eritreans in Canada live in Greater Toronto Area, or GTA. Others live in Edmonton or Regina.

What are their lives like?
Eritrea is a very violent, unstable country, and refugees are leaving at a fast pace. During the 2010s, many Eritreans came to Canada as refugees. They risked abuse and death as they traveled on boats to make their way to Europe. Others managed to escape via Israel. Some of these were able to move to Canada as refugees, and today they are still open to change if people would go to them with the gospel.

What are their beliefs?
Although the Tigreans profess to be Sunni Muslims, most of them practice folk Islam, which is a blend of Islam and ethnic beliefs. Their traditional beliefs include animal sacrifices and rain making rituals. Sacrifices of livestock or corn are offered whenever they think their sins are numerous. They believe that the sacrifice becomes the scapegoat for their sins.

The Tigre also believe in an evil spirit named Zar, who possesses people and causes accidents, illnesses, and sometimes death. The people depend on shamans (priests) to cure the sick, communicate with the spirits, and control events. The shamans also exorcise demons and perform services by entering into a trance.

What are their needs?
Eritrean Tigreans need job skills and English or French lessons so they can become valuable members of Canadian society.

Prayer Points
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Eritrean Tigreans in Canada for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Eritrean Tigrean families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of these people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for their lives and culture to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-05-31
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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Tigre, Eritrean
People Name General: Tigre, Eritrean
Alternate People Names:
Tigre XasaXasa
ROP3 Code: 110051
Joshua Project People ID: 15482
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 782,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Tigre, Eritrean
Ethnic Code: CMT34c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tigre (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tig    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 % 
Islam95.00 % 
Non-Religious5.00 % 
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: 1889-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1988
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tigre
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Tigre, Eritrean in Canada

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    Ethio-Semitic     America, North and Caribbean    
      Tigre, Eritrean Canada    
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      Islam     Tigre  
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