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Ila in Zambia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
175,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % No   

Ila in Zambia

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Introduction / History
The Ila people live in east-central Zambia along the bend of the Kafue River. In the heart of their homeland is a rock on which, they say, is the footprint of all creatures including humans. The Ila say that God dropped man at that spot and from there they started migrating in other directions.

Most Ila grow enough food to feed their families and to cover expenses for physical needs and their children's educational expenses. More educational and career opportunities are available in the larger towns and village centers. Some Ila raise animals such as chickens, goats, or pigs on a small scale, and occasionally cows, though that is usually for tradition and prestige. In fact, the belief that cows are a sign of wealth and value undergirds an Ila funeral tradition. The funeral ceremony lasts several days. On the seventh day after burial, cows are slaughtered. It is believed that the more that are killed, the greater the value of the dead person in the eyes of the community. Afterward, everyone goes home with enough meat to compensate for the time spent at the funeral.

Many Ila describe themselves as Christians, but the Ila are without a clear translation in their language. Ten chiefs have voiced a desire to have a new translation. One even stepped forward as a reviewer. A translation team including local Ila churches is bringing that desire closer to reality. Team members are working on a complete translation of the New Testament that will bring the truth of the Gospel to the Ila people.

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Country: Zambia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Central and Southern provinces: Kafue river west bend, west of Sala [shq] language area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Ila
People Name General: Ila
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103984
Joshua Project People ID: 12208
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 175,000
Population all Countries: 175,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
People Name General: Ila
Ethnic Code: NAB57g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ila
Language Code (ISO): ilb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity60.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions35.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small5.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant55.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(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: 1907-1937
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Ila
Text / Printed MatterBible: The Gospel of Luke in Ila
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Ila in Zambia

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