Beja of Northern Africa

(BEE-ja) – In recent years, some Beja have been leaving their nomadic lifestyle due to many different changes in their environment. Some have moved into the cities. There, they have better access to jobs, healthcare, and children’s schooling. In these cities, there is also most likely a church or two. The members of these churches are called near-culture believers, often sharing a trade language and possibly a similar piece of culture with the Beja. However, there is still a big cultural gap between the two peoples. Pray for these near-culture believers to seek the Lord for guidance, as they desire to be intentional in their witness to the Beja. Pray that they will find ways to minister and enter into spiritual conversations. “We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 CSB).