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Waata in Kenya


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
21,000 Waata Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % No   

Waata in Kenya

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The Waata live in the forests of Kenya along the Tana river, Lamu District. They practice a mixture of Islam and animism, and have a low literacy rate.

Ministry Obstacles
Reliance on printed material to reach the Waata may not be helpful, given the low literacy rate.

Outreach Ideas
The low literacy rate suggests that oral communication of the Gospel message may be most appropriate. Gospel recordings, films, and Scripture stories could be very effective. The mixture of Islam and animism in their belief system may indicate less dogmatism than might otherwise be true.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few believers among the Waata, that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Waata may soon have improved educational opportunities for their children. Also pray that each individual in the tribe may hear the Gospel message in his mother tongue and presented in an understandable manner.

Scripture Focus
My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-19
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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Lamu and Garissa counties: east of Tana river; Tana River county: west of Tana river, Garsen area; Kilifi county: Indian Ocean coast and inland from Formosa Bay near Kilima Simba south to Gongoni town; Isiolo county: north of Meru town.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Waata
People Name General: Waata
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108687
Joshua Project People ID: 14753
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 21,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Waata
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Waata (21,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ssn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam65.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
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: 2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 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 Waata
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Waata in Kenya

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Waata Kenya    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Waata in Kenya          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Waata  
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