Tigray in Malta


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Tigray (Tigrigna) people are related to the Amhara and Tigre people of Ethiopia and Eritrea who together make up the Habeshans. These people can trace their origins back to Shem, eldest son of Noah. They left present day Yemen and settled on the African side of the Red Sea inhabiting the Nile Delta and all land East of the valley down to the Ethiopian Highlands. These people are known in antiquity as the Ancient Egyptians who retreated back to Ethiopia and Eritrea after countless takeovers of Egypt. Here they established other great kingdoms such as Sheba/Saba and Axum. After the Middle Ages they soon split into 3 tribes: Amhara, Tigre and Tigray with their own languages that all derived from Ge 'ez, their ancient language.

Though most Tigray live in Ethiopia and Eritrea, there are some who have migrated to Western countries for better jobs. These include United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, Malta, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the West, the Tigray are exposed to many new ideas. The forms of Christianity are different than they were used to in their African homeland. Life is far more urban and prosperous.


What Are Their Beliefs?

From early encounters with the Hebrew people, many adopted the early form of proto-Judasim. Though the high and ruling class continued to practice the Egyptian pagan religion until Queen Makda of Sheba was converted by King Solomon to Judaism. Christianity came to the Tigray through Coptic missionaries.

The Tigray and other Habeshan tribes were the first African converts to Islam after sheltering Mohammad's followers in the holy city of Negash, located in the Tigray Region, from their enemies in Mecca. The converted Habeshans (especially Tigray Muslims) became known as the Jeberti (Elect of God). They became the religious leaders and university teachers in the powerful Islamic city of Zeila in NW Somalia. Because of the Islamic expansion, Aksum was cut from other Christian kingdoms which created their own unique form of Coptic Christianity by incorporating Judaistic rituals and laws and putting a large focus on monasticism. Today the majority of Tigray people are Ethiopian Orthodox, and the minority are Sunni/Sufi Muslim.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tigray need to put their faith entirely in the person of Jesus Christ, who died to pay for their sins and rose to victory over death.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Tigray people to understand that they cannot please God through works/righteousness, and they must depend entirely on his grace and mercy.

Pray for the Christian aspects of their religion to lead them to the cross.

Pray for Tigray disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Tigray, Tigrinya in Malta.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigrinya_people

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigrayans

http://orvillejenkins.com/profiles/tigrinya.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tigray, Tigrinya
People Name in Country Tigray, Tigrinya
Natural Name Tigray
Alternate Names Eritrean; Tigrai; Tigrawot; Tigrigna
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 9,808,000
Total Countries 14
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15481
ROP3 Code 110050
ROP25 Code 308157
ROP25 Name Tigrai/Tigrinya
Country Malta
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Malta
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Tigrigna (700 speakers)
Language Code tir   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tigrigna (700 speakers)
Language Code tir   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tigrigna

Primary Language:  Tigrigna

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1866)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1909-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1956-2001)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tigrigna Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Tigrigna YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Tigrigna YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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