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Gbe, Seto in Benin



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
38,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %   

Gbe, Seto in Benin

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Introduction / History
Seto is one of about 20 Gbe dialects spoken in West Africa, from Ghana to Nigeria.

Seto Gbe refers to people who speak a specific dialect, not about an ethnic group.

Benin was relatively peaceful until the rise of the transatlantic slave trade. Eventually, 15,000 slaves per year were snatched from the area around Benin as part of a trade between the European mainland, West Africa, and the colonies of the New World. Male slaves were especially prized, so there were two adult women for every man left in Africa by the slave traders.

Where are they located?
The people groups that speak Gbe dialects live along the coast of West Africa between Ghana and Nigeria. Some live in Togo and Benin.

What are their lives like?
While Benin has experienced economic growth over the past few years and is one of Africa's largest cotton producers, it ranks among the world's poorest countries.

Women are responsible for cooking, cleaning, hauling water, caring for children, and numerous other chores that fill a day. They have little leisure time.

Housing is generally mud brick – either round with mud walls, or rectangular with walls made of sun-dried mud bricks. Most houses have straw thatched roofs.

The farming season is about five months long, from June to October. Farming and gardening is all done by hand, using long-handled implements for the planting and cultivating of crops like sorghum and millet. It is labor intensive, and despite a farmer's best efforts, they can produce little or nothing because of draught or pests. In addition to farming, Seto Gbe speakers raise chickens, sheep, goats, and cattle, although the larger animals are usually only slaughtered and eaten during religious ceremonies and festivals.

What are their beliefs?
The people who speak Seto Gbe are animistic. This means that they believe there are many spirits in the world that must be appeased and placated. Voodoo is a spiritual stronghold among many people groups in Benin. There are some believers among them who can be used of the Lord to show them a better way.

Seto Gbe are indigenous people who are unreached with the gospel. The complete Bible, Global Recordings Network (GRN) audio, and visual resources, such as the JESUS Film, are available in their language, so believers can take these gospel materials to them.

What are their needs?
Their most critical need is for the Lord, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their worldly lives, and see that they have no acceptance with the creator of the universe, except through His son.

Seto Gbe women need to learn how to make their daily lives easier. Seto Gbe men need to learn to cherish their women and to lead their families as the creator of life intended.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the justice and righteousness of the Lord to spread throughout Benin.
* Pray that teams of disciples will live among the Seto Gbe and reach them with the gospel.
* Pray for many witchdoctors and voodoo priests to experience the power and mercy of Jesus and turn to Him.
* Pray that Seto Gbe speakers will see the difference between their animistic religion and faith in God the Father.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gbe_languages
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4pKTrcxdXA
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13037572
https://www.britannica.com/place/Benin

Written by Karen Hightower, GPD writer

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Country: Benin
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ouémé department: Southeast, Akpro-Missérété, Avrankou, Adjarra, Porto-Novo communes; Plateau department: Sakete commune.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Gbe, Seto
People Name General: Gbe, Seto
Alternate People Names:
Seto
ROP3 Code: 108879
Joshua Project People ID: 14877
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 38,000
Population all Countries: 38,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Guinean
People Name General: Gbe, Seto
Ethnic Code: NAB59e
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Language
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Primary Language: Gun (38,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guw    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Seto-gbe
Dialect Code:6148
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: 1886-1910
New Testament:
1892-1919Audio
Complete Bible: 1923-1972
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 Gun
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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