This month’s unreached people group are the Socotran people of Yemen. There are 133,000 Socotran in this country with no recorded believers among them.
The Socotran live on the island of Socotra off the coast of governing Yemen. Very little information is available on the Socotran as it is extremely difficult to gain permission to visit the island of Socotra.
The coastal people are fishermen, some engaging in pearl diving. The mountain Socotran are semi–nomadic – they have ‘home’ villages, but wander very large areas with their goats, cows, and sheep. The Socotran are almost completely Muslim and are split between both Shi’ite and Sunni Islam.
The isolation of the Socotran from the rest of the world presents difficulty to anyone wanting to engage these people with the gospel. Permission to visit the island must be obtained from the Yemeni military, and the only hotel on the island is reserved for military use.
The Scriptures will not be distributed or used without some form of spiritual breakthrough. Prayer is key to opening the doors of the gospel to these people.
HOW TO PRAY
- Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into Yemen to minister to the Socotran.
- Pray that Christian radio broadcasts will be made available in the Socotran language.
- Ask the Lord to bring forth a strong and growing Socotran church for the glory of His name!
Why not adopt the Socotran for prayer this month with your children, in your Bible study or in your church?