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Arab, Libyan in United States

Arab, Libyan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,200 Arabic, Libyan Spoken Islam 3.00 % 2.00 % No   

Arab, Libyan in United States

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Introduction / History
Most Libyans in the US are refugees from when Muammar Gaddafi was killed and his regime ended in 2011. Anyone suspected of supporting the old regime was suspect; they faced torture or death at the hands of those who support the new regime. Next, the country divided into two, and there was civil war. The violence has not ended, so some Libyans have fled to the US and other Western nations.

Where are they located?
Most North Africans in the US live in the urban centers of California, Texas, or New York. There are some in Washington DC.

What are their lives like?
There has not been a gospel witness in Libya for centuries. Those who have arrived from Libya since 2011 are still in that "sweet zone" when they are still open to spiritual change. This is the time to reach out to them.

What are their beliefs?
A good percentage of Arabs who flee the Arabic-speaking countries are Christians. But there are almost no Christians in Libya. Libyan Arabs are Sunni Muslims, though not all of them practice Islam. Some are more devout than others.

What are their needs?
Those who follow Christ could see him glorified among Libyan Arab Muslims by helping them develop useful job skills for America's urban setting. Many will also need help in becoming proficient in English. There is religious freedom in the US, so Libyan Arabs have a much better chance of hearing about Christ than they would in their own country. Someone needs to go to them!

Prayer Points
* Pray for Libyan Arabs to find ways to use the Internet to access Bibles, the JESUS Film, and other materials.
* Pray for a Christ-ward movement among Libyan Arabs to begin in North America and spread to Libya.
* Pray for believers in the US to help Libyan Arabs develop the language and job skills that they need.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Americans
http://www.npr.org/2011/03/03/134235473/Libyan-Americans-Work-To-Maintain-Ties-To-Homeland
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/college-aid-to-be-cut-off-for-2000-libyans-in-the-us/
http://www.news24.com/World/News/Libyans-in-US-celebrate-fall-of-Tripoli-20110822
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Africans_in_the_United_States

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, Libyan
People Name General: Arab, Libyan
Alternate People Names:
BedouinKharga
LibyanLibyan Arab
Northwest Egyptian BedawiNorthwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab
SelimaTripolitanian Arab
ROP3 Code: 105948
Joshua Project People ID: 13169
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 6,200
Population all Countries: 2,767,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Libyan
People Name General: Arab, Libyan
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Arabic, Libyan Spoken (6,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ayl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam97.00 % 
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
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: Yes
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)
 
 
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