The Arab Bedouin tribes are some of the most unreached ethnic groups in the world. Rivers in the Desert Network compiled a 40-day prayer guide.
The Arab Bedouins live in tight-knit communities, usually a part of the larger tribe to which they belong. The word Bedouin comes from the Arab word bedu which means desert dweller. Estimates say nomadic Bedouins constitute about one-tenth oft he population in the Middle East. They are renowned for their loyalty, hospitality and generosity. They are, however, almost completely unexposed to the Gospel. Over centuries they have been largely ignored, with no witness to Christ amongst them whatsoever.
Bedouins are proud Muslims. Islam is embedded and deeply rooted in Bedouin culture. Many of the Bedouin are illiterate. As welcoming as the Bedouins are to receive guests in their tents, they are reluctant to extend the same openness to Jesus who is standing at the door.
- Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 Lord, send people to the Bedouin to be witnesses of Jesus. Open hearts so that the Bedouin will be able to hear his voice and let Jesus into their tents. Raise up many Bedouin fellowships meeting in tents around your Word.
- The Negev Desert is a huge expanse of land in southern Israel where Bedouins used to roam with their herds of goats. Today these people are no longer nomadic. They live in government constructed townships or in unrecognized villages with no municipal services like water, garbage collection or electricity. These people have the highest crime and infant mortality rates in the country and suffer from unemployment. Pray for more access to clean water and education, especially in the unrecognized villages.