Zaza-Alevi in Germany

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People Name: Zaza-Alevi
Country: Germany
10/40 Window: No
Population: 31,000
World Population: 231,000
Primary Language: Zazaki, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kurd
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
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Do you know what it's like to not fit in? The Zaza-Alevi people in Germany do. They consider themselves Muslims but have retained some ancient beliefs, giving them the label "heretic" by Muslims. They consider themselves to be Kurdish, but their language is different from any Kurds. Having migrated from Turkey, they are not considered German, setting them apart from the German majority.

Ministry Obstacles

Because of being rejected and set apart, the Zaza-Alevi tend to be protective of their culture. This is a wall that believers will have trouble penetrating.

Outreach Ideas

Evangelicals in Germany and elsewhere can be united in reaching them through friendship evangelism.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Christ among the Zaza people. If there are, pray that the Lord would bring them together under the banner of Christ. Pray that the Lord would unite them and strengthen their souls as they must be spiritually lonely.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that the Lord would convict the hearts of the Zaza.
Pray that God would reveal Christ as the only one to turn to in their sorrowfulness over their sin.
Pray for the Zaza people residing in Germany to find gainful employment and for a lessening of persecution.
Most of all, pray that our Father would become their Father and that they would begin their own church planting movement in Germany.

Text Source:   Keith Carey