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Jula, Koyaga in Côte d'Ivoire

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
86,000 Koyaga Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % No No   

Jula, Koyaga in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History
Traditionally the Jula (aka, Dyula) people traded kola nuts and gold in West Africa. Others were skilled craftsmen.

Where are they located?
Today the Koyaga Jula people are settled in towns and villages in northwestern Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Mali. They are part of the Malinke-Jula people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. They are engaged but unreached.

What are their lives like?
The Koyaga people celebrate the joys of life through dance. They also know the sorrow of poverty and the futility of a religious practice that mingles ancient rituals of Islam.

There in the woodland savanna, they raise crops such as rice, corn, peanuts, manioc, millet, yams, and cotton. The economy of the region is tied to the success or failure of the harvest, leading to increasing poverty levels. Sadly, the Koyaga Jula people also experi¬ence a high infancy mortality rate and a high incidence of women who die in childbirth.

Because they're fiercely proud of their language, it's com¬mon to find both youth and adults speaking the Koyaga dialect of Jula.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Koyaka Jula is "Other Islamic," which includes a number of sects that emerged out of Islam such as Ibadhi, Ahmadi, Alevi, Yazidi, and Khariji. They follow a blend of religious practices. They hear the teachings of Islam, the dominant religion in the region, but turn to ancient practices in an attempt to appease the spirits. Their fear of spirits sometimes leads them to build special "ancestor houses" to ward off curses.

Operation World reports that although evangelical congregations outnumber sacred fetish groves for the first time in Cote d'Ivoire's history, animism's power remains unbroken and infiltrates deep into the worldview and practices of both Christians and Muslims. Many believers are affected by the power of African traditional religion, especially through fetish charms and ancestor worship, compromising both their witness and their own life in Christ.

Tribal groups in the north and pockets of tribes all over the country are becoming Muslim. There is a high concentration of Muslims in the cities of Cote d'Ivoire, and many who move to the cities convert to Islam. Foreign missionaries are still welcomed. The government is receptive to mission activity and development.

A small percentage of Koyaga Jula people profess Christianity. Though they may be ostracized for their faith, believers don't face violent persecution.

The Koyaga churches are beginning to see growth, although they are still small in numbers.

What are their needs?
The Jula Bible has been completed along with radio broadcasts and the JESUS Film. Many resources are available in French, the official trade language. Only GRN audio resources are available in Koyaga, their heart language.

Many believers are affected by the power of African traditional religion, especially through fetish charms and ancestor worship, compromising both their witness and their own lives in Christ.

Prayer Points
* African missionaries live by faith on very little income. Pray that God will supply all their needs through the local church.
* Pray that Christ followers will be zealous to win the Koyaka Jula people to Christ.
* Pray that the Koyaga Jula church will find new strength as God is revealed through His Word.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement to emerge among the Jula Koyaga people.
* 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.

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest) Jula

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Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Woroba District, Mankono department, western 4 subprefectures.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jula, Koyaga
People Name General: Jula, Koyaga
Alternate People Names:
JulaKoyaga Jula
ROP3 Code: 114894
Joshua Project People ID: 18921
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 86,000
Population all Countries: 86,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke-Jula
People Name General: Jula, Koyaga
Ethnic Code: NAB63h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Koyaga (86,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kga    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam94.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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: 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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Jula, Koyaga in Côte d'Ivoire

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People Cluster
    Malinke-Jula     Africa, West and Central    
      Jula, Koyaga Côte d'Ivoire    
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