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Suri, Kacipo-Balesi in South Sudan

Suri, Kacipo-Balesi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,200 Suri, Kacipo-Bale Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Suri, Kacipo-Balesi in South Sudan

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Introduction / History
The Kacipo-Balesi people are not the kind of people that get the attention of anthropologists. They are small, but not dying out as a people. They do not live a lifestyle that stands out in this part of the world. Fortunately, there is a little bit of missionary work among this animistic people.

Where are they located?
The Kacipo-Balesi people live in South Sudan or Ethiopia. They live in the land where these two countries come together.

What are their lives like?
The Kacipo-Balesi is hilly, so there are challenges for raising crops. Some of their land is forested.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Kacipo-Balesi is animism, a religious worldview that natural physical entities--including animals, plants, and even inanimate objects--possess a spiritual essence. There is a small Christian minority among them, but the only Christian materials in their language are some gospel recordings.

What are their needs?
This people group has believers reaching out to them, but they need the JESUS Film and other resources to understand the gospel. As of 2011, there has been a book about their grammar, which can open the door for translating these materials.

Prayer Points
The Kacipo-Balesi people are animistic, so they attribute power to spirits that control their lives. Pray that they will be willing to understand that the God of the Bible has all power, and all worship is due to Him alone.
There are few Christian materials for this people group. Pray for the JESUS Film to become available in their language.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among this people group, both in South Sudan and in Ethiopia.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: South Sudan
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:The Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) area is situated in the very remote southwest of Ethiopia (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region) and in the far east of South Sudan (Jonglei State) respectively (south of the Akobo valley along the Kare valley to the west and the east and on the Boma plateau). The area is hilly, partly mountainous with both narrow and wide valleys. The Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) settlements (smaller villages and hamlets on an altitude of 750 – 1250 m) cover the forested, tropical savanna area loosely.
(Source: Field worker, 2017)
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People Name in Country: Suri, Kacipo-Balesi
People Name General: Suri, Kacipo-Balesi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100844
Joshua Project People ID: 10604
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,200
Population all Countries: 8,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Suri, Kacipo-Balesi
Ethnic Code: NAB62y
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Suri, Kacipo-Bale
Language Code (ISO): koe    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Kacipo
Dialect Code:11272
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions97.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Suri, Kacipo-Balesi in South Sudan

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    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Suri, Kacipo-Balesi South Sudan    
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