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Arab, general in Italy

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,239,000 Arabic, Libyan Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.06 % No   

Arab, general in Italy

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Italy has had a lot of contact with North Africans since the Roman Empire controlled that part of the African continent until the 400s. After the Advent of Islam there were Islamic armies raiding and eventually conquering Sicily and portions of southern Italy. The Italians were not able to resist for hundreds of years. There were a couple of decades in the early 20th century when Italy held Libya as a colony, which partially explains why so many North Africans are from that country. North African migrants in Italy include Algerians and Tunisians, but the largest number comes from Morocco. They come hoping to find jobs that are lacking in their part of the world.

Ministry Obstacles
Almost 100 percent of the North Africans who enter Italy are Sunni Muslims. They are taught from an early age that Islam holds all of life's answers. Though Jesus is an important prophet to them, they believe that Mohammed is the final prophet, and his teachings are by far the most important. How does one overcome teachings that come from their parents and those with the highest status in their communities?

Outreach Ideas
The first need for North Africans who are trying to make Italy their permanent home is how to find a job. Followers of Christ who want to make Him known to North Africans in Italy can help them with job skills, or even how to establish their own micro businesses. It is possible to distribute Christian materials to them, though it needs to be done in a tactful manner.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are almost no followers of Christ among the North Africans in Italy. However, as the Holy Spirit moves among North Africans, pray that the eyes of their hearts will be open to the ways of Jesus Christ. Pray that they will see that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts. 4:12). Pray for Italian believers to go to them with the power and the love of the Holy Spirit so that they can see the difference Jesus makes in one's life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the North Africans in Italy to be set free from the spiritual bondage of Islam. Pray that they will find ways to contribute to Italian society. Pray for North Africans to be protected from organized crime and human traffickers.

Scripture Focus
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-04-17
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Country: Italy
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, general
People Name General: Arab, general
ROP3 Code: 115690
Joshua Project People ID: 19204
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,239,000
Population all Countries: 3,258,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab World, general
People Name General: Arab, general
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Libyan Spoken (1,239,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ayl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.30 %(Evangelical: 0.06 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.70 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
(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: 2017
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Libyan Spoke ...
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Arab, general in Italy

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People Cluster
    Arab World, general     Europe, Western    
      Arab, general Italy    
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      Islam     Arabic, Libyan Spoken  
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