People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Yazidis of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,050

ROP3 Code: 116305
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Kurd
Language: Northern Kurdish - (kmr)
Religion: Ethnic Religions - Other / Marginal
Country of Origin: Iraq

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  Lincoln, NE - 1,050

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Brief Profile

The Yazidi are a ethno-religious people distinctly different from the larger populated Kurdish ethno-linguistic people. They migrated primarily from northern Iraq due to facing persecution. As an ethno-religious people, they are adherents of a distinct ethnic religion.

If you are invited to a Yezidi home, bring a box of cookies, pastries or a box of chocolates. The most common greeting is the handshake coupled with eye contact and a smile. Good friends of the same sex may greet each other with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek, starting with the right. Expect to be introduced to each person individually at a small social function. At a large function, you may introduce yourself.

With the above in mind, hospitality is a tradition deeply ingrained in the culture. As a result, visitors are treated as kings and must always be fed and looked after.

For more information on the Yazidis people and diaspora Yazidi, see Yezidi International.

Their religion, Yazidism, is linked to ancient Mesopotamian religions and combines aspects of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

The Yazidis are monotheists, believing in God as creator of the world, which he has placed under the care of seven holy beings or angels, the chief of whom is Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel. The Peacock Angel, as world-ruler, causes both good and bad to befall individuals, and this ambivalent character is reflected in myths of his own temporary fall from God's favour, before his remorseful tears extinguished the fires of his hellish prison and he was reconciled with God.

For more information on the Yazidis, see Yazidis.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work through and in the lives of the Yazidis to understand and accept a message of Immanuel, God with us, as revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that evangelical Christians will intentionally seek out and become friends with Yazidis.
  • Pray evangelical Christians will reveal Jesus Christ in word and deed.

People Group Resources

Bible in Northern Kurdish
A downloadble Bible in North Kurdish

Central Asian Peoples - Short Videos
Short videos in mother tongues of the people groups in Central Asia.

Jesus Film Project - Magdalena in Kurdi-Behdini
The Jesus Film Project version of the life of Jesus via the eyes of Mary Magalena

Learning Resources

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Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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