Pray For…The Arab of The United Arab Emirates
•Population – 538,000
•Percentage of Evangelicals – < 2.0%
•Language Spoken – Arabic
•Major Religion – Islam
•Persecution Index – 33
The Levant Arabs originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. Today, several hundred thousand Levant Arabs live along the northern edges of the Arabian Desert. The Arabian culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert for many centuries. It was also from there that Arab migrations began, eventually leading to the expansion of the Arab world. The Levant Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history; and today, all of them except for the Arabic Jewish Arabs are Muslims. The Levant Arabs typically live in villages located near fertile regions; but they can also be found near mountain foothills in less arid regions. Although they have settled in towns or villages, they have held on to their tribal affiliations. The various tribes are ruled by sheiks (Arab chiefs that are considered to be experts in Islam and in relating to the outside world). Social life is extremely important to Arabs. They like to share a daily coffee time by sitting on the floor and drinking coffee from cups without handles. Almost all of the Levant Arabs are Muslims. There is a great need for the Gospel to be preached among the Levant Arabs. Currently, there are only a few agencies ministering to these tribes. At the present time, there are only a few known Christians within the Levant Arab community, with the largest number found among the Iraqi Arabs. Evangelization efforts among these tribes are challenging due to restrictions in many of the countries, as well as general antagonism towards Christianity.
•Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to reach out and share the love of Christ with them.
•Ask God to give the Levant Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with their own people.
•Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the Gospel to be preached among them.
•Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of these people towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Pray For…The Navajo Indians
•Population – 277,000
•Percentage of Evangelicals – N/A
•Language Spoken – Navajo
•Major Religion – Christianity
The Navajos are the second largest tribe in the United States. Most of the Navajos live on or near their main reservation of some 24,000 square miles —the largest in the country—in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The Navajo land, though extremely remote and isolated, has many renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Much of income is derived from oil, gas and uranium deposits on the reservation, which has made the development of industrial enterprises possible. The majority of Navajos still live in hogans—mound-shaped, windowless dwellings made of logs and mud. An increasing number, however, have homes with modern conveniences. Construction of sanitation facilities, medical centers, and roads into isolated areas has improved tribal health. However, over 50 percent of Navajo people live below the poverty level. High levels of unemployment persist despite efforts to find ways to attract various types of businesses on the reservation. The Navajo are challenged daily by the tasks associated with attracting businesses to an environment that has little or no infrastructure. Life on the reservation can be difficult. Basic necessities like electricity and secure home structures make it a reality that third world poverty exists within the United States. High rates of alcoholism and other social vices plague the Navajo community and contribute to the cycle of poverty that has held this people group down for centuries. The church is small, but many ministries are working among the Navajo. According to Joshua Project, there are few, if any, known Evangelical professing Christians among the Navajo.
•Pray for the Gospel to penetrate the Native American cultural barrier that exists. Pray that culturally appropriate ministry and the development of indigenous forms of Christian worship will help the Navajo realize that they can be both Christian and Native American.
•Pray for full reconciliation of the Navajo and immigrant peoples. Ask the Lord to bring about true repentance by white Americans and true forgiveness by the Navajo, so a spiritual breakthrough can take place.
•Pray for God to move among the Navajo and for the Holy Spirit to speak to the hearts of those who need salvation. Pray for the Navajo people to be saved.
•Pray for existing Navajo believers to be encouraged. Pray for the small Navajo church to be bold to share the Gospel and make disciples in their own communities.
•Pray for workers to be sent to the Navajo to equip and provide biblical training to those who need it.
•Population – 27,595,000
•Percentage of Evangelicals – 0.3%
•Total Number of People Groups – 67
•Number of Unreached People Groups – 37
•Language Spoken – Uzbek
•Major Religion – Islam
•Human Development Index – 102
In the 19th century, Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan. After resistance and the Boshevik Revolution, a socialist republic was established in 1924. Uzbekistan gained its independence in 1991. Though free, the people and land have many struggles that prevent the country from emerging. According to the CIA world factbook, “current concerns include terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation and the curtailment of human rights and democratization”. Uzbekistan is a secular state that promotes a moderate form of Islam. Pressure against religious minorities, including Protestants, has increased recently. This past year, officials cracked down on Christians throughout Uzbekistan. However since 1990 it is estimated that at least 25,000 ethnic Uzbeks are believed to have converted to Christianity. The Church is growing, but our brothers and sisters are meeting in secret and many are being arrested and persecuted.
•The Uzbekistan government relentlessly persecutes the Church. Pray for Christians who are under pressure to betray fellow believers to officials. Pray for God’s strength for those who are persecuted and imprisoned.
•Uzbek believers steadily grow despite opposition. Pray for quick integration of new Christians into a house church or fellowship so discipleship can take place. Pray for boldness and courage under intense pressure and fear.
•Pray for the Uzbek government. Pray for genuine change, reform and leadership that demonstrates uprightness and governs for the sake of the people.
•Pray for the unreached in Uzbekistan, the Karakalpaks and the Tajiks. Less than 0.1% are Christian in these groups. Pray for the availability of the Gospel among these peoples and for many to know Christ.