“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 139:14-15)

Yemen is in the midst of one of the world’s most serious humanitarian crises. Tragically, in 2022, 2.3 million Yemeni children under five suffer from acute malnutrition. A combination of conflict, economic decline, and Covid-19 have intensified the disaster.

Against this devastating backdrop exist a people group rarely mentioned or acknowledged. Living in squalor, forbidden from marrying anyone outside their caste, victims of poverty, social injustice, gender-based violence and discrimination, the Muhammasheen are an isolated and persecuted people group in Yemen. 

After centuries of rejection and forced to work in roles with limited contact with other people, the Muhammasheen have been labelled untouchables. They believe they are worthless and, separated from society as they are, they’ve been almost impossible to reach.

But the good news is that by the grace of God, the impossible has become possible. God is at work!

Our partners in Yemen are reaching out to the Muhammasheen through radio programming and social media. The team are telling a story of love and compassion. They’re sharing the good news that everyone is welcome in God’s Kingdom, that everyone is worthy of a voice and an identity in Jesus.

Could you perhaps give a gift to help our partners tell a different story?

A Facebook campaign launched by the team in Yemen in January of this year has reached around 8,600 people so far, while regular weekly radio programming is addressing some of the issues suffered by this much-maligned minority.

Despite the challenges, the team have shared that two Muhammasheen believers have now been identified. A miracle and answer to prayer.

But there are thousands more who need to hear the wonderful news of Jesus’ love for them.

The Daily Mix, (a varied magazine-style programme, broadcast every day of the week), addresses many of the concerns felt by Yemenis. Many centuries of prejudice need to be broken down and through their radio programming, the team are finding a way to open the door to the Muhammasheen, challenging old lies with the truth of Jesus Christ and God’s call to each and every believer.

For years the Muhammasheen have been told they are worthless; Jesus tells a different story.

Without our partners, who will tell the Muhammasheen that they too are loved and precious in God’s eyes?

Most Muhammasheen believe themselves to be completely without value. Our partners’ campaign takes the old lie the Muhammasheen have been told for centuries and through inspired radio programming and social media content shares the wonderful news that they are precious in God’s sight.

However, not everyone has welcomed this new ministry. As the team explore the Muhammasheen identity on their radio programme - sharing the truth that they are precious in God’s sight - some believing listeners have struggled. 

As Sam, our partner and broadcaster shares, “I remember I was in a restaurant with my family. A man came
in and he wanted to eat there. The restaurant staff reaction was ‘we don’t have garbage for you to clear - go
outside!’; they recognised him as Muhammasheen”.

In the face of such rejection, the Muhammasheen have few options in life.

Will you please consider giving a gift today - to help them tell a different story?