And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
The Tarabin is a tribe that lives primarily in the town of Nuweiba, Egypt, and surrounding desert villages. The men work in tourism as desert guides or as fishermen. The women make beautiful jewellery. This is a large tribe that spans across the Sinai Peninsula and into Israel.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Upon hearing the gospel, a Bedouin man could not get over the fact that God had sacrificed his own son for him. He stood up in front of a group of men and asked how many of them had sons. He exclaimed: “Would you give up your son for me?” He went on to tell them that he had committed a murder and now needed someone to take his place in order to make amends. The other men started shouting, “Don’t give him your son, he’s not worth it!” Some were willing, however, to offer him blood money instead.
After an animated discussion, the man finally explained that he had indeed not committed a murder but wanted to illustrate to them how insane it is that God Almighty gave his own son to pay for the sin of another. This illiterate Bedouin had understood the core message of salvation through listening to an audio Bible. Blood feuds are still normal among Bedouins, and when someone is killed, a ransom needs to be paid.
- Father, we praise you that your Word is available in audio format for the many illiterate Bedouin and ask that many more come to see you as the ransom for their sin and shame.
- For more field workers to bring the gospel to this tribe and that a movement towards Jesus will spread through them into Northern Sinai.