The Joshua Project uses two percent of an indigenous population as the minimum percentage of a population that can impact an entire nation (Hoskins, 2005). Yemen unreached status stems from their topography which varies from hot coastal plains to cool mountains, and scorching deserts. This climatically challenges missionaries willing to spread the gospel there (Joshua, 2009). Secondly, their social and tribal structure has prevented penetration by Christians since all persons and goods passing through their towns are strictly controlled. They have various tribes which are ruled by Arab Chiefs who often fight each other.
The belief system is the third reason for their unreached status. Despite being predominately influenced by Islam religion, the different Islamist sects complicate evangelism even further. Zaydis which is the largest sect is obsessive and warrior-like. They view all wars as a crusade against all non-Muslim believers to the extent that any Muslim converting and professing faith in Jesus Christ can be killed (McCarthy, 2004). This belief system and antagonism towards the Gospel creates major challenges to any evangelization efforts to this unreached group of people. The Arab World includes all regions where Arabic is the leading language irrespective of the fact that this affinity bloc includes such languages also that were used to be spoken before the Arab attacks.
The physical boundary of the Arab world encompasses Western Asia and North Africa. Yemen belongs to the Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples of the Arab World affinity bloc. The people cluster is Arab and Yemeni, the other name the Southern Yemeni, speaking Hadrami Arabic (ayh). The main religion of Yemen is Islam, grown with the teachings of Quran, and the prophet Muhammad.
It has a population of 1,612,000, while worldwide population is 1,712,295. From gospel perspective, Yemen’s GSEC ranking is 1, as the population is below the 2% Evangelical count, with no church planting activity. People can have access to the translation of Bible only; Jesus film, gospel recording, and radio broadcast is not available to the people of Yemen (People Groups, 2013). 1.2 Social Life of Yemeni Arabs The Yemeni Arabs form a cluster of ten Yemeni Arab groups, scattered in nine countries.
Currently, more than 12 million Yemeni Arabs inhabit the Republic of Yemen and another 679,000 live in the neighboring countries of Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Egypt, the UAE, and Djibouti.
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