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Ingessana, Gaam in South Sudan

Ingessana, Gaam

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
28,000 Gaam Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % No No   

Ingessana, Gaam in South Sudan

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Introduction / History
Ingessana (Gaahmg) are the members of an African ethnic group of Sudan who
speak the Gaam language. They have historically protected themselves and their hill
country from many invasions. Their culture is resistant to change, more so than other
ethnic groups of the Southern Blue Nile region.

They are self-sustaining in what they cultivate in the hill area, the Gaam are slow to
grow cash crops or to migrate for wages. As a result of past conflict with Arabs and other invaders, they have a reputation of hostility toward strangers and even refugees.

Where are they located?
Gaam Ingessana people live around the Tabi Hills, southwest of Damazine and northwest of Kurmuk in the Blue Nile Province of South Sudan.

What are their lives like?
There are four sub groups of the Gaam Ingessana people, and each sub group is defined by their line of work. One herds livestock, another farms, another blacksmiths, and the fourth consists of weavers. The Ingessana are also famous for their throwing knives.

What are their beliefs?
The traditional religion of the Gaam Ingessana people of South Sudan is based on worship of the sun. Some are Muslims.

What are their needs?
Because they are self-protective and resistant to change, any efforts by disciples to bring the gospel to them will be met with much resistance. Only the Holy Spirit can cross these boundaries.

They also need to be educated regarding better ways to maintain their quality of life. It will be difficult for them to learn new life skills.

They need Scriptural resources in their heart language. So far, nothing exists for them.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God's Holy Spirit will burden man intercessors to pray for the Gaam Ingessana people for their salvation, and for His will to be worked out in their lives.
* Pray that servant disciples will be permitted to earn their trust and live among them.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Country: South Sudan
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Refugee camps, especially in Dor village and camp
(Source: Field workers)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ingessana, Gaam
People Name General: Ingessana, Gaam
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109675
Joshua Project People ID: 15161
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 28,000
Population all Countries: 139,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Ingessana, Gaam
Ethnic Code: NAB62z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gaam (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tbi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions84.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam15.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Ingessana, Gaam in South Sudan

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People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Ingessana, Gaam South Sudan    
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      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Gaam  
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