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Lela in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
291,000 Lyele Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.80 %   

Lela in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
Their language is called Lyele. They live in a hot, dry region which has a short and unpredictable rainy season from late May to late September. The city of Reo, which lies 115km west from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, is the principal center of the Lyele area.

Nearly all Lyela are subsistence farmers who grow millet, sorghum and some vegetables. They also raise chickens, pigs, and goats. A few Lyela have learned the skills of tailoring and carpentry. Income is earned from the sale of some agricultural products. The diet traditionally consists of a millet or sorghum staple accompanied by a vegetable based sauce which occasionally contains meat. Water is available from village wells. It is the responsibility of the women to get the water needed for all the cooking , cleaning and washing. Because of the heavy load of the domestic chores and all sorts of duties the women have very little spare time if at all. Men however have enough time for drinking beer and talking together.

With the exception of the 5,000 to 10,000 who have professed conversion to Christianity, the Lyela people remain rooted in ancient traditional beliefs, and their practices are often private, even secret. The New Testament is available in the Lyele language. The Lyela are in need of Christian witness and teaching which relates to their cultural, social and economic realities.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Nayala province; Centre-Ouest region: North and central Sanguie province, Dassa, Didyr, Godyr, Kordie, Kyon, Réo, Tenado subdistricts, Réo principal center; Boulkiende province; Nord region: Passore province; thousands of migrants in neighboring countries, especially Côte d’Ivoire.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Lela
People Name General: Lela
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ROP3 Code: 105697
Joshua Project People ID: 13023
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 291,000
Population all Countries: 291,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Lela
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lyele (291,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lee    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity14.00 %(Evangelical: 4.80 %)
Ethnic Religions81.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent1.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic64.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1968-1999
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lyele
Text / Printed MatterBible: Lyélé
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Lela in Burkina Faso

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Lela Burkina Faso    
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            Lela in Burkina Faso          
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      Ethnic Religions     Lyele  
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