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Gbaya, Southwest in Central African Republic

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
305,000 Gbaya, Southwest Christianity 94.00 % 46.00 %   

Gbaya, Southwest in Central African Republic

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Introduction / History
The Southwest Gbaya live in relative peace with their neighbors in a forested area of Central African Republic. Most of the people grow crops such as cassava, peanuts and corn to meet their own needs. Any small surplus is sold to purchase other goods. Diamond mining offers another source of employment, but it comes at a price. The people earn little for their efforts and the profits are used in cultural rituals, which they believe bring success.

What are their beliefs?
Christianity was first introduced to the Gbaya in the 1930s. Many practice a mixed religion. Although approximately 70 percent claim Christianity, the hold of superstitious beliefs and ritualistic practices associated with animism is strong.

Some Christians do practice a living faith and stand firm against the influences of the traditional religions. For example, these believers do not put up idols to protect their fields. Because fear of these idols — or fetishes — can scare away potential thieves, the Christian Gbayan takes this stand despite the potential for higher theft from his fields.

Although the New Testament has been translated, it is not widely used because of its association with one particular denomination. However, the churches of the area are coming together to bring the Old Testament to their communities.

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Country: Central African Republic
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:24 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mambéré-Kadéï prefecture: Berbérati, Carnot, and Gamboula subprefectures; Nana-Mambéré prefecture: Baboua and Baoro subprefectures; Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture: Nola subprefecture.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gbaya, Southwest
People Name General: Gbaya, Southwest
Alternate People Names:
Southwest Gbaya
ROP3 Code: 103270
Joshua Project People ID: 11843
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 305,000
Population all Countries: 305,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Gbaya, Southwest
Ethnic Code: NAB66c
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Primary Language: Gbaya, Southwest (305,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gso    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity94.00 %(Evangelical: 46.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam3.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.00 % 
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 significant 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: 1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gbaya, Southwest
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Gbaya, Southwest in Central African Republic

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