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Madhiban in Kenya


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,600 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Madhiban in Kenya

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Introduction / History
At one time the Midgan people were hunters and gatherers. Some performed circumcisions for other Somali people, which was considered an unclean profession. Though the Somalis are an ethnically cohesive group, they have castes which divide them. The Midgans are among the least prestigious castes among Somali people, both in Somalia and Kenya.

Where are they located?
There are only a couple thousand Midgan people, but they live either in Somalia or Kenya. There might be some in Ethiopia as well.

What are their lives like?
Today the Midgan people are artisans who perform the lowliest of jobs—smiths, barbers, leather-workers, street-sweepers, and janitors. Traditionally, they have been forbidden from owning land and livestock, and even today they cannot participate in local business or politics. Their lines of work are considered very dirty, so they are also considered a unclean people. Rape by other Somali clans is a common occurrence, and it usually goes unpunished. In addition, Midgan children do not go to school because they cannot afford fees and are at risk of mistreatment by other children. They have been given the pejorative name of Madhiban.

What are their beliefs?
Surprisingly, the Midgan people in Somalia adhere to their tribal religion, while those in Kenya have converted to Islam.

What are their needs?
The Midgan people in Kenya need the opportunity to learn new trades and skills so they can get out of their low position.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Midgan people to be given the chance to encounter the Savior who loves and accepts all who come to Him.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and the ability to understand that Jesus Christ offers them the chance to become part of His high kingdom.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Midgan people both in Kenya and in Somalia.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-27
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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Madhiban
People Name General: Madhiban
Alternate People Names:
Muse Dheri
ROP3 Code: 106615
Joshua Project People ID: 19170
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,600
Population all Countries: 9,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Madhiban
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Somali (2,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): som    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: 1915-1935
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1979-2008
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 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 / 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 ...
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed MatterBible: Somali Bible
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Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Madhiban in Kenya

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Madhiban Kenya    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Madhiban in Kenya          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Somali  
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