Daily Topic for December 05, 2009
This illustrates a common misunderstanding that Saudi Arabs have about followers of Christ. When they see people in the “Christian” West indulging the sinful nature, they believe that our “religion” condones such action. What if they saw Christ’s followers serving one another in love? Is there any way they could argue with that?
Pray that Christ’s followers in the Arabian Peninsula will serve one another and their Muslim neighbors in love, as a testimony of Christ’s true character.
“He talks funny.” Four-year-old Amir pointed at the newcomer on the block who spoke in a different dialect of Arabic. Amir’s grandfather guffawed in amusement. The area of northwest Saudi Arabia along the coast of the Red Sea and in major urban areas, especially Jeddah, is mainly settled by the Hijazi Arabs. They speak a language called Arabiya or, Hijazi Arabic. Since it is the language of government and commerce in Saudi Arabia it is considered the standard language.
With a population of 8,000,000, the Hijazi Arabs are the most populous of Saudi Arabia’s Arab subgroups. Sadly, less than one in 1,000 of them are Evangelical believers. The Hijazi Arabs are rich in oil dollars, and yet spiritually poverty stricken.
The Hijazi Muslim sects are many, but since both Mecca and Medina are located within the Hijazi area, they see themselves as the keepers of the Muslim faith.
Since any conversion to “Christianity” can lead to loss of family, honor, employment, and life, the task of evangelization is a daunting one. Only prayer will break down the thick walls that surround their hearts.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask the Lord to open doors to the gospel, and the Holy Spirit to inspire creative ways for missionaries to present it. Pray for protection for the Hijazi believers and courage for them to share their faith. Ask God to raise up prayer teams to plow the hard soil of Hijazi hearts and that there would be a great harvest of Hijazi souls for the Lord.-PE