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Afro-Ecuadorian in Ecuador


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
426,000 Spanish Christianity 96.00 % 0.50 %   

Afro-Ecuadorian in Ecuador

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Introduction / History
Afro-Ecuadorians are descendants of black African slaves brought to South America by the Spanish during the times of conquest of the region. Afro-Ecuadorians make up a substantial percentage of Ecuador's population. They came to be located in Ecuador also by escaping from a slave ship that ran aground off the coast while heading toward Peru in the 1500s. After establishing a settlement, others from nearby regions migrated there to form a 'strength in numbers' type of society and went on to provide safe haven for escaped slaves who could successfully make the trip to their settlement.

Where are they located?
The majority of Afro-Ecuadorians live in the northwest coastal region. About seventy percent live in the Esmeraldas and Imbabura Provinces. Their presence lent much to the development of the local culture with the marimba style music of the area being well known. Later, some of the people began to move throughout Ecuador and Afro-Ecuadorians populate many parts of Ecuador today.

What are their lives like?
The economy of Ecuador struggles against fluctuation in the prices paid for its rich natural resources leaving most of the people battling poverty. Political and national economic instability have deeply injured the country's ability to climb to prominence. More than half the population was beneath the poverty line in 2000 and the Afro-Ecuadorians are especially hard hit. Despite the harsh economic adversity, some Afro-Ecuadorians have found a level of success participating on national sports teams.

What are their beliefs?
Roman Catholicism influenced the Afro-Ecuadorians and many still practice a form of the belief system.

What are their needs?
Like many in underdeveloped parts of the world, the Ecuadorian people need the economic stability and social cohesion brought on by responsible political leadership and sound economic policy. Like all peoples, they also need sound Biblical preaching and teaching challenging them to become exactly what God has called them to be.

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Country: Ecuador
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Afro-Ecuadorian
People Name General: Afro-Ecuadorian
Alternate People Names:
Afro- Ecuadorian
ROP3 Code: 115630
Joshua Project People ID: 10889
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 426,000
Population all Countries: 426,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Afro-American, Hispanic
People Name General: Afro-Ecuadorian
Ethnic Code: NFB71a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Spanish (426,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): spa    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity96.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small2.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1514-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1553-2017
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Spanish
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Spanish
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralOpen-licensed Bible stories on mobile ap ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica Spanish NVI
Text / Printed MatterBible: Nueva Traducción Viviente
Text / Printed MatterBible: Spanish, Biblia Reina Valera 1960
Text / Printed MatterBible: Traducción en Lenguaje Actual
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
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Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Spanish)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Afro-Ecuadorian in Ecuador

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People Cluster
    Afro-American, Hispanic     America, Latin    
      Afro-Ecuadorian Ecuador    
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            Afro-Ecuadorian in Ecuador          
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