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Turkana in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
53,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %   

Turkana in Ethiopia

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The Turkana are one of the most courageous and fierce groups of warriors in Africa. They are traditionally nomadic shepherds, and are one of the most mobile populations in the world. They do not have chiefs or elders. Political influence belongs to those who have age, wealth, wisdom, and oratorical skill. Because of the unusually high bride-price, it is almost impossible for a man to marry until his father has died and he has inherited livestock. Though fearless in all respects, they hold to folk beliefs. They believe in dreams and place great faith in diviners who have the power to heal the sick, make rain, and tell fortunes.

Ministry Obstacles
The Turkana are quite mobile, making them difficult to contact and more difficult to befriend.

Outreach Ideas
A number of resources are available in the Turkana language, including the New Testament. Pray for workers to take these resources to the people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Jesus among this tribe will live holy lives, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Pray the Lord will use them as his instruments.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for these nomadic people to find food for their livestock, and find ways to educate their children in spite of being mobile.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Turkana
People Name General: Turkana
ROP3 Code: 110303
Joshua Project People ID: 15653
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 53,000
Population all Countries: 1,344,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Turkana
Ethnic Code: NAB62r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkana (53,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tuv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.70 %)
Ethnic Religions97.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
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: 1972-1994
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2001
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkana
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Turkana in Ethiopia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Turkana Ethiopia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Turkana in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Turkana  
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