Arab, Libyan in Belgium

Arab, Libyan
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People Name: Arab, Libyan
Country: Belgium
10/40 Window: No
Population: 4,600
World Population: 2,652,900
Primary Language: Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.07 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Libyan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
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Introduction / History

Since the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, there has been much violence in Libya from factions that want to take power in this oil-rich nation. Libyans have been trying to escape the violence to peaceful lands in Europe like Belgium. Though many Belgians disagree with one another regarding what their policy should be, they are becoming overwhelmed with refugees from volatile parts of the Muslim world.

Where Are they Located?

Many of the Libyans who make it to Belgium live in Brussels, but others are being moved into separate communities in the cold northern lands.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyans who try to make it to Belgium are often traumatized by going across the Mediterranean Sea in leaky boats that sometimes capsize leaving people to drown. They sometimes don't know if others they came with arrived safely. Those who arrive in the safety of Belgium know that they can easily be sent back to the catastrophe they escaped in Libya.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenian Jews carried the gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam replaced Christianity in the 600s AD. Today there are almost no known followers of Christ in Libya. The Libyan Arabs are one of the most unreached people groups in the world.

Most Libyan Arabs are not aware of what Christians really believe. Because of their strong Muslim roots, even if they had an opportunity to hear the gospel, they would not initially consider the message for themselves.

What Are Their Needs?

Libyan refugees in Europe desperately need a safe home where they can raise their families, have education for their children, and earn a living. Libyans also have a rare opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in Belgium, a land of religious freedom.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Libyan Arabs in Belgium a spiritual hunger that will drive them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the religious freedom in Europe to result in many Libyans giving their hearts to Jesus.
* Pray for Libyan Arab family leaders to understand and embrace the ways of the Lord.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among Libyan Arabs in Belgium.

Text Source:   Keith Carey