The Taureg of the Sahara Desert

Pray for the Tuareg of the Sahara Desert.

The Tuareg are a semi-nomadic people related to the Berbers of North Africa. They are Folk Muslim and are well-known for the blue veils the men wear. They are proud of their culture and renown as fierce warriors.

Pray that many of the Tuareg would cry out to God: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will find refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” Psalm 57:1

Population: 1-2 million

Location and Background: The Tuaregs live in the Sahara Desert and the Sahel regions of Algeria, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. They are Berber people. Their culture dates back a thousand years.

History: It is believed the Tuareg originated in Libya and migrated South and spread across the region. Before modern shipping, they were camel caravan traders, traversing the desert transporting goods.

Culture: The Tuareg are semi-nomadic, taking their herds of goats, cows, and camels out to find pasture seasonally. The men are known as “The Blue Men of the Sahara Desert” because of the distinctive indigo blue veil they wear. Interestingly, the women do not wear veils. Women are respected and have a voice in decisions. They also own the tents and livestock.

Religion: The Tuareg are Folk Muslims. They have blended their ancient animistic beliefs with Islam.

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Lord of the Harvest

Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into His Tuareg harvest field. Pray for the few believers to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. May the yeast of faith spread throughout the whole lump of dough!

Are we the same?

“We fast and give to the poor to be good and be able to go into heaven. Isn’t it the same with everyone? Jews? Christians?”
We were on our way for a day out with this family who are now settled in the countryside of NY. The kids were strapped into car seats in the middle of the van and our husbands were chatting in the front seats. She is such a gracious, kind woman and such a gift to spend time with! I answered her telling her of the cross and grace and asked if she had ever heard the story of the prophet Moses. She said that she hadn’t, and listened carefully with true questions throughout. Toward the end of the conversation, she said, “So, do you believe that there is any other Lord besides Jesus?” I was so thankful for her questions that go to the exact heart of everything: grace and Jesus as Lord. Ask for her surrender and for the whole family.

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