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Kalapalo in Brazil

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Kuikuro-Kalapalo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Kalapalo in Brazil

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Introduction / History
A hush fell over a Kalapalo family as each person simultaneously looked to the darkening sky for "The Shadow." This shadow was the spirit of their deceased patriarch, coming to visit his grieving family for the last time before he traveled east (in the direction of the sunrise) to forever live in the village of the dead.

These completely unreached people are prime for missionaries to bring the gospel for two reasons. First, God has uniquely prepared this people to receive the Messiah through their own indigenous folklore, which includes a creator of all things (Kwatini), and a female savior figure from whom all men originally came (Sakefenu). In addition, they believe that upon death, all men travel to an eternal village in the sky where the sun rises. God has already placed eternity in their hearts, and missionaries can introduce Kwatini and Sakefenu to them as God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all Creation.

Secondly, through no effort of their own, the Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil live in a national reserve that is protected on all sides and has been completely isolated from the Brazilian social and economic influences that reach almost every other tribe. Thus, their culture is undisturbed by the outside world and surrounding tribes, which gives missionaries a clean slate to start introducing the gospel.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-05-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-23
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Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mato Grosso state: Xingú Park; 3 villages along Culuene river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Kalapalo
People Name General: Kalapalo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 114896
Joshua Project People ID: 18923
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 700
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Amazon
People Name General: Kalapalo
Ethnic Code: MIR39c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kuikuro-Kalapalo (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kui    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: 2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film
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Kalapalo in Brazil

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Amazon     America, Latin    
      Kalapalo Brazil    
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            Kalapalo in Brazil          
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      Ethnic Religions     Kuikuro-Kalapalo  
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