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Sinhalese in Qatar

Sinhalese

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
54,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.00 % 1.20 %   

Sinhalese in Qatar

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Introduction / History
Sinhalese culture goes back about 2600 years when migrants from what is now northern India went to Sri Lanka. Eventually these new settlers developed a language which we now call Sinhala, and the people were Sinhalese. Around 250 B.C. they embraced Buddhism, which became part of their identity as a people.

Sinhalese people who live in Qatar migrated there for education or for better living and working conditions.

Where are they located?
By far the most Sinhalese people live in their country of origin, Sri Lanka, but some have migrated elsewhere, including Qatar. Sinhalese live in the peninsula of Qatar which is bordered by Saudi Arabia on the west. Qatar is a tiny Arabian peninsular state that is almost entirely desert.

What are their lives like?
There are many opportunities in Qatar. Sinhalese people in Qatar work in agriculture, in the oil and gas fields, in arts, sciences, education, tourism, and business. The service industry provides many employment opportunities. In Qatar, education from ages 8-18 is both free and academically excellent. Several universities are available. There are no sales nor income taxes in this wealthy nation.

What are their beliefs?
Unlike the Arab majority, the Sinhalese in Qatar are 95 percent Buddhist. The strict Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam is the state religion in Qatar. Proselytism is forbidden, but expatriates are allowed to practice their faith. It is believed that there are a few followers of Jesus among Sinhalese in Qatar.

What are their needs?
Resources in the Sinhalese language include a complete Sinhalese Bible, an audio New Testament online, JESUS Film, and gospel recordings. The Sinhalese need to have the spiritual hunger it will take to find and use these resources.

Prayer Points
* Pray that gospel radio, television, and Christian websites might penetrate the homes and hearts of Sinhalese people living in Qatar.
* Pray that greater unity, effective discipling of believers, and sensitive sharing of faith will occur among the Sinhalese in Qatar.
* Pray for a mighty disciple making movement among the Sinhalese both in Sri Lanka and in Qatar.

References
(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest)
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14196QA
https://joshuaprojecyt.net/people_groups/1496CE
http://beyondreached.com/Sinhalese-in-qatar/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese_people
http://www.findmyfavouriteteacher.com/teachers-searchresult.php?mode=search&language-Sinhalese&country=175&country2=Qatar&state=Any&city=Doha
http://www.operationworld.org/

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Country: Qatar
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:27 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sinhalese
People Name General: Sinhalese
Alternate People Names:
CingaleseSingalese
SinghaleseSinhala
सिनलीज़
ROP3 Code: 109305
Joshua Project People ID: 14196
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 54,000
Population all Countries: 420,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Sinhalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Sinhala (54,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Sinhalese
Dialect Code:345
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism95.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 1.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent8.00 %
Protestant7.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
 
(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: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-1982
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Sinhalese in Qatar

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