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Berta, Benishangul in Sudan

Berta, Benishangul

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
255,000 Berta Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Berta, Benishangul in Sudan

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Introduction / History
The Bertha (or Berta) people live along the border of Sudan and Ethiopia. They live in an area known as Benishangul, a fertile region in northwest Ethiopia.

Where are they located?
When they first settled in Ethiopia, they established their villages on hills and mountains for protection, but have more recently migrated to the valleys.

What are their lives like?
The Bertha are an agricultural people, their staple food being sorghum, a type of grass that is often raised for grain. The Bertha also make porridge and beer from sorghum.

What are their beliefs?
Over the centuries, the Bertha have intermarried with Arab traders but have maintained many of their traditional customs. Today, they are mainly Muslim, and most speak fluent Arabic in addition to their own language. In addition to Islam, the Bertha still practice extra-Islamic traditions, including rain-making rituals and consult ritual healers and shamans.

Prayer Points
Pray that workers will be thrust out among the Bertha to share the Good News with them.
Pray for more information to be learned about the Bertha people so that the worldwide Church can pray and send more effectively.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation 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: Sudan
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:An Nil al Azraq state: Ethiopia border area, Kurmuk and Geissan districts, south Roseires district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Berta, Benishangul
People Name General: Berta, Benishangul
Alternate People Names:
BartaBeni Shangul
ROP3 Code: 101258
Joshua Project People ID: 10793
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 255,000
Population all Countries: 585,000
Least-Reached: No
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
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Primary Language: Berta (255,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wti    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity8.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions72.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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: 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]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Berta, Benishangul in Sudan

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People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Berta, Benishangul Sudan    
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            Berta, Benishangul in Sudan          
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