The Baharia Wahati in Egypt
Long ago the Nile River flowed on a different course, in a great loop across what is now Egypt’s western desert. When the river switched to its modern course, a string of oases were left behind. Baharia is one such oasis.
Visits to the Wahati people are difficult due to their remote location. When the gospel spread across Egypt during the 1st century A.D., no missionaries bothered to reach out to this oasis, and the Baharia people remain solidly Muslim.
There is no Bible in the Baharia dialect, nor do they have gospel radio broadcasts. The Wahati form a population of 27,000 people, of whom 100% are Muslim. No known Christians exist and little effort is made to reach them.
Most Wahati speak Arabic, but the Easter Egyptian language Bedawi is also spoken. Materials are available in Arabic, but little Christian literature is accessible in Bedawi.
The economy of the Wahati people is largely based on tourism. The oasis is always open to visits from tourists bringing money into their society. While local believers and traditional missions efforts will be met with persecution and rejection, tourists visiting the Baharia Oasis have the unique opportunity to share Christian testimony as they visit sites of interest.
Since the 1970’s asphalt roads have connected Baharia to Cairo (370 km). Electricity is now available, and the internet is available. Where there is internet, there is opportunity for access to the Gospel online.
- Pray that the Lord will open the spiritual eyes of Imams as they study the Koran to understand Isa Jesus to be the Son of God.
- Pray that God will reveal himself in dreams and visions to the Baharia Wahati people.
- Pray for outreach and evangelism efforts to be made among the Wahati.
- Pray for any underground believers in the area to have access to Gospel recordings and Christian materials.