Awjilah in Libya

Awjilah
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Map Source:  Wikipedia
People Name: Awjilah
Country: Libya
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,600
World Population: 2,600
Primary Language: Awjilah
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction

Awjila is an oasis town in the Al Wahat District in the Cyrenaica region of northeastern Libya, on the east-west caravan route between Egypt and Tripoli. This oasis is mentioned by Herodotus (c. 484 – 425 BC). The people of the oasis are mainly Berber. They cultivate small gardens using water from deep wells, and the dates they raise are well known for their high quality. From the Arab conquest in the 7th century, Islam has played an important role in the community. The Great Mosque of Atiq is the oldest masjed (mosque) in the Sahara with a unique style of architecture. The people are shifting from the Awjilah language to Arabic.

Ministry Obstacles

Access to this desert oasis is not easy, and the people have been Muslim for 1300 years.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for the Imams as they study the Koran. Pray the Lord will reveal himself to them in powerful ways, leading them to understand and believe that Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) is truly deity, the Son of God.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Awjilah people at this time.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for peace throughout Libya, and for a stable and effective government.

Text Source:   Joshua Project