Lebanese Arab in Jamaica


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Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Some Lebanese consider themselves Arabs while others associate themselves with the ancient Phoenicians. Both groups have made their mark on world history through trade and power. Others consider the Lebanese to be Levantine Arabs, referring to those who originated in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria. Some also include Arabs from Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. Like their ancient ancestors, today's Lebanese Arabs live all over the world. One can find them in most parts of the world including Jamaica.
They were among the last immigrants to go to Jamaica. The Lebanese often came to Cuba before they moved on to Jamaica. Most started out in the banana industry in the 1890s, which had economic problems in the early 20th century. Edward Seaga, an ethnic Lebanese man, was Jamaica's prime minister in the 1980s.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Lebanese are among the most economically prominent people in Caribbean nations like Jamaica. They are prosperous and well-known in the business world.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like in Lebanon, about two-thirds of the Lebanese population is Muslim and one-third is part of a traditional church. They are usually more focused on their traditions than on the person of Jesus Christ and following him.


What Are Their Needs?

Whether they are Muslim or traditional Christian, the Lebanese Arabs in Jamaica need to put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ. They need the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the willingness to obey Christ so they can experience abundant life.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to revive the Lebanese church, leading them to make disciples of Christ who make more disciples.
Pray for their fellowships to be Christ centered rather than tradition centered.
Pray there will soon come a day when the Lebanese people will send loving workers to unreached people groups in the Middle East and Europe.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a discernment that will keep them away from spiritual counterfeits.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Lebanese in Jamaica.


References

https://exceptionalcaribbean.com/2021/09/16/arabs-in-the-caribbean-small-in-number-but-tremendous-in-economic-power/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_Jamaicans
https://www.facebook.com/lebaneseliberian/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Lebanese
People Name in Country Arab, Lebanese
Natural Name Lebanese Arab
Pronunciation leh-buh-NEEZ AE-rub
Alternate Names Lebanese Arab; Lebanese Shiite; Lebanese Sunni
Population this Country 21,000
Population all Countries 6,275,000
Total Countries 42
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13017
ROP3 Code 105688
ROP25 Code 300407
ROP25 Name Arab, Lebanese
Country Jamaica
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Jamaica
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
31.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
60.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
7.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (21,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (21,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Levantine
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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