Arab, Libyan in United Kingdom

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People Name: Arab, Libyan
Country: United Kingdom
10/40 Window: No
Population: 25,000
World Population: 2,711,400
Primary Language: Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Libyan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

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 such as the UK.

Though many of the British disagree with one another regarding what their policy should be, they are becoming overwhelmed with refugees from volatile parts of the Arab world. This situation will make it difficult to get the Libyans jobs without jeopardizing British people who need work. The situation will also give British believers the chance to tell this important unreached people group about salvation by faith in the Savior.

Where Are they Located?

Libyans in the UK usually live in urban centers, especially London.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyan men in England enjoy soccer and talking over tea. Women and girls visit one another at home and enjoy family and religious celebrations, where they still remain separate from the men.

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 624 A.D. There is freedom of religion in the UK, so the Libyans have a chance to hear about the Savior whom their North African ancestors once worshipped. Who will tell them about Jesus Christ?

What Are Their Needs?

The Libyans in the UK need to learn the English language and job skills that will be valuable in their new home.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Libyans arriving in the UK will not only find rest and comfort, but also a hope for the eternal future through the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Pray for Libyans in the UK to learn of the Prince of Peace and spread His fame throughout England and Libya.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Libyans to flourish in the UK.

Text Source:   Keith Carey