Navait in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Navait people are thought to perhaps be descended from Iraqi traders who fled from persecution many years ago. Others believe the Navait descended from Saudi migrants more than 1000 years ago, from ancient Yemeni sailors, or have blood ties to Persian merchants. Even their current coastal locations spanning beyond India into Pakistan and Sri Lanka attest to the scattering. In any case, the Navait have a connection to an ancient Arab diaspora, clearly shown by their skin, their surnames, their language, and their religion, Sunni Islam.


Where Are they Located?

The Navait people dwelling mostly in coastal communities along India’s southern shores or Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Navait people are sometimes suspected of being terrorists. Some have disappeared from their Indian or Sri Lankan homes never to be found. We do not know why this has happened, but it’s possible that some have joined Islamic terrorist groups, or they have been kidnapped or killed.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This people group is 100 percent Sunni Muslim. They believe that Allah is the God of creation, and Mohammed is his prophet. Devout Muslims, no matter where they live, will fast during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, pray five times a day, and, if they can afford it, go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. South Asian Muslims like the Navait often blend their Islamic beliefs with Hindu practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The Navait people need to find their Savior, so they can call upon Him when they are in need. He can bless them far more than they can ever imagine!


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Navait in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Navait people in Sri Lanka and India.
* Pray for the Navait people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Navait people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Navait disciples to make more disciples.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Navait communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17767/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17767/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2016/10/18


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Navait
People Name in Country Navait
World Population 73,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhatkali; Navakar; Navayat; Navyat; Nawaiyar; Nawaiyat; Nawayat; Nayat; Nevayat; Novoyat; Saudagar; नवैत
People ID 17767
ROP3 Code 113228
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Western
4,700
Eastern
3,700
Central
2,800
North Western
2,300
North Central
1,100
Sabaragamuwa
1,000
Northern
400
Southern
400
Uva
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Western 4,700
  Eastern 3,700
  Central 2,800
  North Western 2,300
  North Central 1,100
  Sabaragamuwa 1,000
  Northern 400
  Southern 400
  Uva 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (17,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (17,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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