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Navait in Sri Lanka

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Navait in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Navait people are thought to perhaps be descended from Iraqi traders who fled from persecution many years ago. Others believe the Navait descended from Saudi migrants more than 1000 years ago, from ancient Yemeni sailors, or have blood ties to Persian merchants. Even their current coastal locations spanning beyond India into Pakistan and Sri Lanka attest to the scattering. In any case, the Navait have a connection to an ancient Arab diaspora, clearly shown by their skin, their surnames, their language, and their religion, Sunni Islam.

Where are they located?
The Navait people dwelling mostly in coastal communities along India's southern shores or Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
The Navait people are sometimes suspected of being terrorists. Some have disappeared from their Indian or Sri Lankan homes never to be found. We do not know why this has happened, but it's possible that some have joined Islamic terrorist groups, or they have been kidnapped or killed.

What are their beliefs?
This people group is 100 percent Sunni Muslim. They believe that Allah is the God of creation, and Mohammed is his prophet. Devout Muslims, no matter where they live, will fast during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, pray five times a day, and, if they can afford it, go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. South Asian Muslims like the Navait often blend their Islamic beliefs with Hindu practices.

What are their needs?
The Navait people need to find their Savior, so they can call upon Him when they are in need. He can bless them far more than they can ever imagine!

Prayer Points
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Navait people in Sri Lanka and India.
Pray for the Navait people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Navait people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Navait disciples to make more disciples.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Navait communities.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:17,000
Largest Provinces:
Western (4,900)Eastern (3,800)
Central (2,900)North Western (2,400)
North Central (1,200)Sabaragamuwa (1,100)
Northern (400)Southern (400)
Uva (300)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Navait
People Name General: Navait
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113228
Joshua Project People ID: 17767
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 83,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Navait
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (17,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
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Navait in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Navait Sri Lanka    
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