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Wolane in Ethiopia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
115,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % No No   

Wolane in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Wolane live near the Qabena, Oromo and Muher people, on the northeastern edge of the Gurage region, approximately 160 km south of Addis Ababa. Many also live in Addis Ababa. The Wolane who live in Addis Ababa earn their living as merchants at Merkato. Those living in the Gurage region farm and raise livestock.

The Wolane have an oral culture (the Wolane language is not written according to the Ethnologue.) They are made up of 12 tribes, with some 67 lines of descent. Most of the younger people in the tribe are multi-lingual. The Wolane, Silt'I and Azarmat-Barbare languages are closely related, and Amharic is often spoken, as well.

The main Wolane towns are Wolane Jimma in the former Wolane-Ezha district and Mahal Amba in Kokir district.

What are their beliefs?
The Wolane have been Muslim for as long their tribal history records. Christians are only found amongst a few descendants of former administration officials who have come to work in the area. In Mahal Amba not a single Christian church is to be found. The town is dominated by a giant mosque, which was built recently by a rich merchant from Saudi Arabia.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Ethiopian churches in the diaspora and in Ethiopia to mobilize their people and resources to reach the Wolane for Christ.
* Ask God to stir up believers who live near the Wolane to develop good relationships with them and find persons of peace.
* Ask God to prepare the hearts of the Wolane to hear and receive the gospel.
* Ask God for a disciple making movement among the Wolane.
* 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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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: Gurage zone; Oromia region: southwest of Addis Ababa.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Wolane
People Name General: Wolane
ROP3 Code: 115403
Joshua Project People ID: 19814
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 115,000
Population all Countries: 115,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
People Name General: Wolane
Ethnic Code: CMT34z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wolane (115,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wle    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.40 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.60 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
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
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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Wolane in Ethiopia

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    Ethio-Semitic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Wolane Ethiopia    
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            Wolane in Ethiopia          
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      Islam     Wolane  
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