People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

Berta, Benishangul

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Send us a map of this people group in this country.
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
300,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % No No   

Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Summary
Benishangul is a region containing the "Rock of Shangul", a sacred stone. The Berta settled in this region in the 16th or 17th centuries, coming from eastern Sudan. After several centuries of Arab Sudanese influence, the Berta are now mostly Muslim and many speak fluent Arabic. Due to their intermarriage with Arab traders, some Berta were called Witawit, meaning mixture. Even though they are mostly Muslim, they have religious specialists that have healing and divination powers, and who know how to deal with evil spirits. The Berta are farmers, with sorghum being their staple crop.

Ministry Obstacles
No scripture is reported as available in the Berta language.

Outreach Ideas
There are many evangelical Christians in Ethiopia. Please pray for increasing numbers of missionaries to come from these believers who are committed to take the gospel to all of the unreached tribes in their own country.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are Christian believers in the Berta tribe. Please pray these Christians will become firmly established in the faith, not wavering in their commitment to know and follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for adequate supplies of clean drinking water and rainfall for the crops and livestock of the Berta tribe. Please pray also for rising literacy rates among the youth.

View Berta, Benishangul in all countries.

Prayer Links  
PrayerGuard.net
  Submit Update:
Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Benishangul-Gumuz region: Blue Nile river and Sudan border corner north of Asosa; Dalati, Sirba Abay area east of Dabus river; Matahara in eastern Ethiopia.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
Maps
Submit Map:
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Berta, Benishangul
People Name General: Berta, Benishangul
Alternate People Names:
BartaBeni Shangul
BerthaTornasi
Wetawit
ROP3 Code: 101258
Joshua Project People ID: 10793
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300,000
Population all Countries: 533,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Berta, Benishangul
Ethnic Code: NAB62z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Berta (300,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wti    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Undu
Dialect Code:8003
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam78.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox70.00 %
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
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 2006
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit LinkingGlobalVoices.org for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
 
Data Notes
Data Sources
 
 

Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

Peoples
               
Geographic
Global                 Global
           
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
           
   
People Cluster
       
Region
   
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
     
People-Group-Across-Countries
   
Country
   
      Berta, Benishangul Ethiopia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Berta  
    Global    
Language
 
    All Religions                              
   
Religion
                             

Direct link:  http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=10793&rog3=ET