The Afar of horn of Africa

1 Qembook Yalli qaran kee baaxo gine. 2 Too saaku baaxo hebelto’weelo luk manannaay, baaxo’bagul tu mananna. Inkih tan baaxo leek kibbinteh teneeh, dariifal kaadu kaxxa lee akak teneeh, kaxxa dite kaadu dariifal akak ten. Yallih Roocaaniyya too leeh amol haadak ten. GEN 1:1-2

This is from the Afar bible.

 They live in one of the hottest places on earth.
Afar in Ethiopia

The Afar claim to be descendants of Ham, Noah’s son. The Afar who live in the desert inhabit one of the most rugged regions in the world, known as the Afar Plain or the Danakil Desert. Most of the Afar are nomads who herd sheep, goats, cattle, and camels. A man’s wealth is measured by the size of his herds. Rural Afar live in camps surrounded by thorn barricades, which protect them from the attacks of wild animals or enemy tribesmen. They are Muslim, but many hold to pre-Islamic beliefs and customs. They believe that certain trees and groves have sacred powers. Spirits of the dead are believed to be very powerful. There are Afar in the UK, France etc.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Jesus among the Afar is to risk losing status in the community, as well as possibly losing family and friends. These are serious losses.

Outreach Ideas
Ethiopia has many Christians, in various tribes. Perhaps some will remember to carry the good news of Jesus to the Afar. Pray to that end.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Afar will find each other, and faithfully fellowship together. Pray they will grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and grow in numbers. Pray they will be excellent witnesses for the Lord’s goodness among family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Afar community will be able to prepare their children for the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century. Pray for the availability of good schools, and that parents will make schooling high priority for their children.

Scripture Focus
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

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Afar (also called Danakil) 28% Djibouti pop.(250,000) 9% Eritreans 1.7% (500,000)(Ethiopian (2 million)

New believers are in great peril and often find it difficult to find fellowship, may be jobless and some illiterate. Pray for educated and effective leaders. In Djibouti many are now in towns but no church exists yet.





Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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