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I did a happy dance in my room last night because my door closed. I never thought I’d be jumping around praising God for something so simple, but for three months I’ve either had no door on my room or shared a room. Then we finally moved into our apartment and I find out my…

I’m going to the wedding of the sister of “Xavier,” a close friend and student. He invited me months ago, urged me to write down the date, and begged me to not forget. It will mean a lot to him and his family that I am there. Weddings are always exciting. Lots of people will…

“Mark” admitted to the class that when he was very young, his dad left his mom. His dad accused her of being pregnant by someone else. Mark can’t forgive his father, and he has a lot of pain in his life. His father tried to reconcile but Mark refused. He knows unforgiveness is a sin…

My closest local friend, Destiny,* and her husband Harry* are devout Muslims who seek to please Allah and follow all the laws of their faith. They are in their mid to late 30s and have no children. Harry has a mental illness that keeps Destiny busy taking care of him and running their business. I…

Arabic is a difficult language to learn, but fluency is critical to God-glorifying church planting. Dick Brogden recently encouraged team members about the importance of language learning in church planting. ***** Hello, Live Dead Arab World Family, I wanted to send a short exhortation to those of you who are new to the field and still in…

Have you heard the expression “Boots on the Ground?” Well our Live Dead Missionaries are the boots on the Silk Road. Here we’d like to take a moment and allow one of them to share a snapshot of their life with you. Some names and details have been changed, but this is a true story…

Intense intercession.  Intense training.  Intense proclamation. This is a story from one of our 10-day Intensives: Our team left the quiet park a little disappointed – no headscarves there. We ambled down the street towards the public square and prayed. As the square came into view, we caught a glimpse of a pink scarf. Indeed, two…

I asked Marcos,* a Muslim, “So, what do your brothers think about you studying the Bible? Have you told them?” He told me that he’s talked with them about Jesus. I encouraged him to retell the stories that we discussed together. He agreed and offered to even bring one or more of his brothers when we meet…

They might appear to be Muslims, but they are not. The Druze people are a religious sect that began in the ninth century as an offshoot of Islam. The majority of Druze lives in Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Usually loyal, they do not engage in protests or revolts against the government of the countries in…

Kufra Bedouins live a challenging life. With no permanent homes, these nomadic shepherds move into the Sahara during rainy winter seasons and back to the northern edge of the desert for the hot, dry summers. They dwell in portable black tents made from woven goat hair. One half is for women, children and storage, while…

Long ago the Nile River took a different course in a great loop across what is now Egypt’s western desert. When the river moved to its modern course, a string of oases were left behind. Palm trees rise out of the desert sand to mark where the Nile once flowed. Baharia is one such oasis….

As the morning sun sent rays of harsh, bright light into his east-facing bedroom, Abbas woke up. He sat up, rubbed his eyes, and looked at the small clock on his nightstand. Nine o’clock. He slowly got dressed and went downstairs. Abbas picked up the newspaper and began to skim its contents. An advertisement caught…

Dimli means “of Dailam.” It is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect and are seen as heretics…

Nearly five million Luri live in southwestern Iran, but only approximately 70,000 live in Iraq. Their homes are located in the Zagros Mountains, which are situated in the eastern portion of the country. Many people believe that the Luri were the original inhabitants of southwestern Iran. Others suggest that they immigrated from Syria during the…

The Makhmi people are Tibetan and live in the Jammu and Kashmir regions of India to the northeast of Pakistan as well as in Pakistan. They speak Ladakhi, Purik, Zangskari, Changthang, Shina and Urdu. Although print and audio resources of the Bible exist, the population is listed as 100 percent Muslim. Umar Farooq is the…

The Zaza-Alevica people of Turkey have Iranian Kurdish roots and have sometimes been known as Alevi Kurds. Their language, Kirmanjki, is related to Kurdish. Although Turkish is the language used for religious ceremonies and for official purposes, Kirmanjki is the language used in the home. The Zaza-Alevica people claim to be Muslim; however, their system…

Bedouins traditionally live a nomadic lifestyle, spreading from the Arabian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the borders of Turkey to Yemen. The word Bedouin comes from the Arab word bedou that means desert dweller. Estimates say nomadic Bedouins constitute about one-tenth of the population of the Middle East. Bedouin life is generally pastoral,…

The Mangrik have traditionally been farmers. Muslim butchers ensure a supply of mutton to the Mangrik, as the latter refrain from killing animals. They have attained a high level of literacy and some have even gone for higher education to the universities of Jammu and Kashmir. It may be that the Mangrik people have formed…

Ancestors of the Altaic (Turkic)-speaking Uzbeks emerged in Central Asia as early as the third century B.C. when nomads – possibly Hun descendants – began invasions that continued for centuries. Turks swept through in 1 A.D., followed by wide-ranging assaults by Mongol hordes in the 13th century. Centuries before any country borders were drawn they…

The Adyghe are a part of the Circassian people. Circassians are the oldest indigenous people of Northwest Caucasus and identify themselves as Adyge. The Circassians preserve their culture and continue to use the Circassian language as their primary means of communication. Only in the 18th century did their language assume a written form. Organized into…

Ten million Somali people live scattered across eight countries in the northeastern portion of Africa, commonly called the Horn of Africa, and in the Middle East. They are one of the most homogenous people groups in Africa, speaking a common language, adhering to a single faith and sharing a cultural heritage. The Somali first came…

Since he was a small child, Raj, a Kumhar, has collected clay and kneaded it with his feet. He learned the difficult and laborious job of turning the potter’s wheel when he was older. These wheels are made from old tires filled with cement, and they weigh about 220 pounds. The spinning is so fast…

Underground, Turkmenistan is quite wealthy! It possesses the world’s fourth largest supply of natural gas – a most promising industry for their economy. Turkmenistan also has significant oil reserves. Above ground, it has the tenth largest cotton production in the world. This country has a lot of wealth potential. Tribal loyalties are very strong among…

They are wanderers in a dry land, eating dates, not manna from heaven, and they have been traveling for well over 40 years. They are not Moses and the Israelites. These are the Fezzan Bedouins of western Libya who have walked the northern edge of the Sahara Desert for generations. The Fezzan Bedouins have made…

In a land where the cow is sacred, who would be more despised than those who tan cowhides? Dealing with the dead is “polluting” work according to Hindu beliefs, and dealing with dead cattle is in a category all its own. They are blamed for polluting water systems with their tanning chemicals. Those that cross…

Ayşe is a divorced Istanbul socialite. She grew up in a wealthy family in Bebek, a very affluent section of Istanbul. Her life has been lived with money, possessions and experiences. It seemed exciting when she was younger, but as time passed, it now only seems shallow and empty. She now wonders, “Is there any…

The Domari Gypsy man sat on the floor of the Cairo airport terminal blowing on a musical pipe. He hoped tourists or rich Egyptians would be drawn to his sad haunting tune and throw some coins in the bowl on the mat beside him. Domari Gypsies in Egypt are related to the Gypsies of Europe…

Borders come and go at the design of political entities, but people groups remain where they have traditionally lived. Such is the case with the Talysh tribes of northwestern Iran and southern Azerbaijan. These people have lived through invasions and domination by different regimes, and at one time in their history, they were an independent,…

Outsiders may think the caste system in India is dead, but caste consciousness still influences the attitudes and customs of most Indian people groups. The Saini landowner caste has often been combined with the Mali caste, and the Saini deeply resent this. It started in 1937 when the ruler of Jodpur granted the request of…

Shots blasted into the air, marring buildings and waking his infant son. His screams mixed with the pop-pop-pop of guns. He calls to his family and they crouch on the small cushion waiting for the fighting to stop. He wonders if fighting the regime is worth his family’s life. Instantly he answers his own question…

I prayed for her for weeks. The day I met her, she took my daughter, Ruth, from my arms and carried her the rest of the way to my house. It was a long, dusty walk. I did my best to carry a conversation with her in my new language. She was patient. She smiled….

There are no known believers among the Kandra people living in eastern India. This Hindu people have been closed to the gospel. Pray for workers, both foreign and Indian to go to the Kandra people to share the Good News. Pray that believers among the Kandra would proclaim the message of the gospel clearly and…

The Tatar people are a group of Turkic people with sizable colonies in virtually every republic of the former Soviet Union. Although most of them live around the Volga region, others inhabit Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Ukraine and other Central Asian republics. The Tatar speak a language also called Tatar. However, in some urban areas, nearly one-third…

The Turkmen and the Kurds live as “brothers” inside parts of northern Iraq, but there is a definite cry against Kurds coming from the outside. “They come in to steal from us. We are targets for looting by their armed bands,” says the Los Angeles Times after interviews with Turkmen there. “We need the American and…

The Qazi are a Muslim landowning rural community. They are part of an influential community at the top of the Indian Muslim social hierarchy. As such they can be compared with the Brahmin, the highest Hindu priestly caste. They hold the highest of four classes, namely Qazi, Sheikh, Mughal and Pathan. It is believed that…

Jassa is wealthy, educated, proud and fiercely independent like his father and grandfather. His people have served courageously as fighter pilots as well as in commando units of the Punjab and Sikh Regiments of the Indian Army. He is from the Tarkhan people, an ethnic tribe in the Punjabi-speaking region of Pakistan and India. While…

By definition, Persians (also known as Iranians) are an ethnic group native to Iran. The Persian language of Farsi is part of the Indo-Iranian language family and is the official language of Iran. Dari, the language of the elite in Afghanistan, is a dialect of modern Persian. Around 1000 B.C., Persian groups began to settle…

The Kachwaha are a caste group with origins in India. The Kachwaha are sometimes referred to as Kushwaha. This umbrella term is used to represent at least four communities with similar occupational backgrounds, all of whom claim descent from the mythological Suryavansh (Solar) dynasty via Kusha who was one of the twin sons of Rama…

I went to Stephanie’s house again. We talked, laughed, read the Bible together and discussed Jesus. She’s been talking about the Bible with other students at our school who are being witnessed to by my husband. How exciting! She was interested in Jesus’ miracles. We asked if she believed that those miracles could happen. She…

Abar’s eyes scanned the mountains. He thought, “No strangers are coming to the village today. They didn’t come yesterday. They haven’t come since anyone can remember.” Lookouts guard the remote mountain villages of the over 600,000 Tanaoli people. Extremely hostile toward outsiders and new ideas, they live in the lower part of the Himalayan Mountains…

The Pashtun, or Pushtun, are a race of warriors who live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan. There are about 60 tribes, each with its own territory. Although their origin is unclear, their legends say that they are the descendants of Afghana, grandson of King Saul. However, most believe they probably arose from ancient Aryans intermingling…

The Lodha people are an important agricultural community that live in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. They also call themselves Banbate, Kisan, Lodh, Lodh Rajput or Tomar. According to William Crooke, the word lodha in Sanskrit is the bark of a tree used in dying. It could also be derived from…

The Talysh peoples (Harzani, Kajali, Karingani, Takistani, Talysh) inhabit the northwestern regions of Iran. One group can also be found in southeastern Azerbaijan. They occupy a land of sharp contrasts, ranging from the high-forested Talysh Mountains to the subtropical coastal land along the Caspian Sea. They refer to themselves as the Talushon and speak an…

The Hadhrami inhabit the Hadhramaut region in Yemen as well as in other parts of the world. They speak Hadhrami Arabic, which belongs to the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. Among the two million inhabitants of Hadhramaut, there are 1,300 distinct tribes. Historically, the antagonism between townsfolk and wandering tribesmen has been so bitter…

The Tajiks of Central Asia are the oldest surviving people group in that region. Their homeland, Tajikistan, is the mountainous center of Asia, surrounded by the Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan includes the Pamir Mountains, which reach altitudes of nearly 25,000 feet. Most of the people live in the parallel valleys…

The Sudanese Arabs originated in the Khartoum region of Sudan many centuries ago. Today, they live primarily in northern and central Sudan and in Egypt. A few groups are also scattered in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Libya, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. The first “pure” Arabs were called Bedouins. They were tribal nomads from Saudi…

The Holer of northeastern India and Nepal are comprised of nine different, but very closely related people groups. They are distributed politically throughout the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa, India. Most of the tribes live in the hilly areas of the Chotanagpur Plateau, located in southern Bihar. Others prefer living in the plains….

The Summa is a Muslim community of Gujarat named after Samara, a place in Iran, where their ancestor Mohamed Haneef Ali had settled. They converted from the Parmar Rajputs of Mallani and Rajaputana communities. It is also believed that they are descendants of Samri Ameer Dinar and were called Samro before it was changed to…

Egypt is the most rapidly growing country in the Arab world, and with limited arable land, its resources are overtaxed and society stressed. As a result many Egyptians are moving from their homeland to other countries, like Saudi Arabia, to find work. For hundreds of years, the Arab life and culture have changed very little….

The Yadav are at present mostly a landowning community, with large sections being small-scale farmers. Their traditional and main occupations are animal husbandry (cattle and buffaloes) and agriculture, with the selling of milk and milk products forming an integral source of their livelihood. The Yadav is a relatively prosperous community occupying a respectably comfortable middle…

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