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Gurage, West / Chala in Ethiopia

Gurage, West / Chala

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
151,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 %   

Gurage, West / Chala in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Sebat-bet (seven houses) Gurage live in the south-central highlands of Ethiopia. The Gurage are known all over Ethiopia for their prowess in trade. While they consider themselves one people, there are 11 dialects of the Sebat-bet Gurage language, Guraginya. Most of the Gurage people are Muslim, though they are currently and religiously divided along dialect lines.

The New Testament is available in the Chehc dialect of Guraginya but only very few people know how to read it. Most churches in the area preach in the national language with some interpretations into local language. The Gurage people need a large scale literacy program to enable them to read the New Testament in their own language. Also one of the dialects of Guraginya, Inor, will need to have their own translation to ensure that people can understand God's word clearly. Speakers of the Endegeny dialect will be able to read the Scriptures in Inor. The others can understand the Scriptures in cheha.

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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
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: west Gurage zone; Chaha dialect: Emdibir area; Gura dialect: Gura Megenase and Wirir areas; Muher dialect: Ch’eza area, mountains north of Chaha and Ezha; Gyeto dialect: south of Ark’it’ in K’abul and K’want’e; Ezha dialect: Agenna.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gurage, West / Chala
People Name General: Gurage, West / Chala
Alternate People Names:
Central West GurageChaha
Gurage, Peripheral West
ROP3 Code: 110758
Joshua Project People ID: 15917
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 151,000
Population all Countries: 151,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Gurage, West / Chala
Ethnic Code: CMT34z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sebat Bet Gurage (151,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sgw    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Charha
Dialect Code:3095
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Orthodox
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity80.00 %(Evangelical: 12.90 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1979-2000
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2010
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)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sebat Bet Gurage
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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Gurage, West / Chala in Ethiopia

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