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Gbaya-Bossangoa in Central African Republic

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
284,000 Gbaya-Bossangoa Christianity 93.00 % 46.00 %   

Gbaya-Bossangoa in Central African Republic

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Introduction / History
The Gbeya people are settled subsistence farmers and fishermen, living in northern Central African Republic (CAR). Some live in the western area of the country also. They are organized in clans within a hierarchical community structure.

The history of the Central African Republic states that the Gbeya people migrated from the eastern edge of Africa, across Sudan, to escape the Arab conquests of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Before Christianity, the Gbeya believed in animism of different forms: ngaanga, zembe, sereze and unzimara. Christianity has come to the Gbeya people through the Brethren Mission of the United States in the early nineteenth century. Currently, many denominations are active among the Gbeya. The main denominations are the Brethren, Catholic, Baptist, and Apostolic churches. Many Gbeya people claim to be Christians (about 97%), but they still also practice their traditional animistic religion. Forms of syncretism are strong among them.

The Gbeya language belongs to the Niger-Congo family and is in the Adamawa-Ubangi group. Scripture portions were translated into Gbeya in the 1950s by Brethren Missionaries, but were not used because of the government policy of promoting only one national language. In 1994, SIL conducted sociolinguistic surveys and launched a translation project with a team of three translators. This project was handed over to ACATBA in 2001. The Brethren Church is still the main partner of this language project.

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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:Ouham prefecture: Bossangoa and Batangafo (Gbabana) subprefectures; Ouham-Pendé prefecture: south of Ouham river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gbaya-Bossangoa
People Name General: Gbaya-Bossangoa
Alternate People Names:
Bossangoa GbayaGbeya
ROP3 Code: 103271
Joshua Project People ID: 11844
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 284,000
Population all Countries: 284,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Gbaya-Bossangoa
Ethnic Code: NAB66c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gbaya-Bossangoa (284,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gbp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity93.00 %(Evangelical: 46.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam4.00 % 
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: 1934-2002
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
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gbaya-Bossangoa
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWalking with Jesus video
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Gbaya-Bossangoa in Central African Republic

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      Gbaya-Bossangoa Central African Republic    
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