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Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

Berta, Benishangul

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
300,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % No No   

Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

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Benishangul is a region containing the "Rock of Shangul", a sacred stone. The Berta settled in this region in the 16th or 17th centuries, coming from eastern Sudan. After several centuries of Arab Sudanese influence, the Berta are now mostly Muslim and many speak fluent Arabic. Due to their intermarriage with Arab traders, some Berta were called Witawit, meaning mixture. Even though they are mostly Muslim, they have religious specialists that have healing and divination powers, and who know how to deal with evil spirits. The Berta are farmers, with sorghum being their staple crop.

Ministry Obstacles
No scripture is reported as available in the Berta language.

Outreach Ideas
There are many evangelical Christians in Ethiopia. Please pray for increasing numbers of missionaries to come from these believers who are committed to take the gospel to all of the unreached tribes in their own country.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are Christian believers in the Berta tribe. Please pray these Christians will become firmly established in the faith, not wavering in their commitment to know and follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for adequate supplies of clean drinking water and rainfall for the crops and livestock of the Berta tribe. Please pray also for rising literacy rates among the youth.

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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:Benishangul-Gumuz region: Blue Nile river and Sudan border corner north of Asosa; Dalati, Sirba Abay area east of Dabus river; Matahara in eastern Ethiopia.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Berta, Benishangul
People Name General: Berta, Benishangul
Alternate People Names:
BartaBeni Shangul
ROP3 Code: 101258
Joshua Project People ID: 10793
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300,000
Population all Countries: 533,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Berta, Benishangul
Ethnic Code: NAB62z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Berta (300,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wti    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Undu
Dialect Code:8003
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam78.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox70.00 %
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
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: 2006
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Berta, Benishangul in Ethiopia

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    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Berta, Benishangul Ethiopia    
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