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Watchi in Benin


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
59,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Watchi in Benin

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Introduction / History
Islam and Christianity are two major religions that have reached the Watchi people. Though most people groups in West Africa have settled for one or the other, the Watchis can be Muslim, animistic or Christian.

Where are they located?
The Watchi people live in Togo and Benin, two small countries in West Africa.

What are their lives like?
The Watchi people of Benin are very poor. It is common for them to sell their children to work for families who have more money. When their children are in this position, they are very vulnerable to being over-worked, sexually exploited, and sent away empty-handed. Others work on farms, eating less than they need for their work.

What are their beliefs?
The Watchi people follow traditional religions, although there are some Muslims and some Christians. In nearby Togo, the Watchi people are highly Christianized, but not in Benin.

What are their needs?
The Watchi people need to have the chance to earn a good living and to allow their children to attend school so they can have a better future than the current generation.

Prayer Points
* There are Watchi believers in nearby Togo who can go to them. Pray for the Holy Spirit to thrust many of them out to church plant and disciple in Benin.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and openness for Watchi elders so they can direct their people to the King of kings.
* Pray for the Watchi people to learn ways to earn a living.
* 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.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-08
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Country: Benin
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Mono department: Comè commune; some in Athiémè and Grand-Popo communes.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Watchi
People Name General: Watchi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110602
Joshua Project People ID: 15813
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 59,000
Population all Countries: 930,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Guinean
People Name General: Watchi
Ethnic Code: NAB59e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gbe, Waci (59,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wci    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent9.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Watchi in Benin

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People Cluster
    Guinean     Africa, West and Central    
      Watchi Benin    
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      Ethnic Religions     Gbe, Waci  
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