Palestinian Arab in Guatemala


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Palestinian Arabs fall into a category classified as Levant Arabs. "Levant" is a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: the Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Chaldean and Syrian Arabs. Today, several hundred thousand Levant Arabs live along the northern edges of the Arabian Desert. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran. Small groups can also be found in North Africa. Others live in the US, Canada or even many Latin American countries like Guatemala.
The Palestinian Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history and today, most are Muslims. However, there has long been a sizable contingent of committed Christians among the Palestinian Arabs. Palestinian Arabs speak an Arabic language called Mashriqi, with various local dialects.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Palestinian Arabs in Guatemala have risen above the ordeals they faced, and hold good jobs as businessmen, etc. Some are dealing with the traumas of war. Newer migrants must learn a new language and culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Palestinian Arabs are Muslims. Islam is a religion of works that is based on five basic "pillars" which are (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet;" (2) He must pray five times a day while facing Mecca; (3) He must give generously; (4) He must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year; and (5) He must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his lifetime.
There is a high percentage of Christians among Palestinian Arabs in Guatemala.


What Are Their Needs?

Like most immigrant groups, there is conflict between the first and second generations. Those who came from the old country want their children to conform to the old culture. There is often a backlash from younger Palestinian Arabs who want to fully integrate into Guatemalan society, marry for love, etc.


Prayer Points

Ask God to give Palestinian Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with others, in Guatemala and beyond.
Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.
Pray for spiritual hunger among the Palestinian Arabs in Guatemala.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Palestinian in Guatemala.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Palestinian
People Name in Country Arab, Palestinian
Natural Name Palestinian Arab
Pronunciation pail-uh-STIN-ee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian; Gazan Arab; Israeli Arab Muslim; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arabs; Palestinian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab
Population this Country 1,600
Population all Countries 11,593,000
Total Countries 26
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14276
ROP3 Code 107785
ROP25 Code 300415
ROP25 Name Arab, Palestinian
Country Guatemala
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Guatemala
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
66.00 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (1,600 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (1,600 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Levantine
Photo Source Levi Meir Clancy - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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