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Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire

Jula, Dyula

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Jula, Dyula in Côte d
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,578,000 Jula Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History
The Jula people, numbering about 2,520,000, are found throughout Côte d'Ivoire, southern Mali and Burkina Faso. The Jula are merchants who sell and trade other peoples' goods. They produce very little of their own. Because of this, Jula is the predominant trade language in the markets. A minority of Jula may make craftwork or practice subsistence farming, but this is looked down upon. Salesmanship is so ingrained into the culture that children begin selling items at as young as eight or nine years of age.

Islam is the predominant religion of the Jula, about 1% is Christian. Church growth has been very slow, due in part to persecution from family members that the Jula face when converting to Christianity, and partly to their resistance toward cultural change. The Christian Missionary Alliance church began work among the Jula people in the 1950's. Since then, other denominations such as the Baptist church and Bread of Life (a Canadian denomination) have begun work among them as well.

The Jula New Testament was completed in 1993 and a Jula translator is continuing Old Testament translation, currently 50% completed. The adult literacy rate in Jula is about 5%. Jula literature is scarce, and the motivation to read is nearly non-existent. Because of this, promoting the Scripture through other kinds of media is required. Christian radio broadcasts in the Jula language began in 2000, promoting the relevance of Scripture in everyday life. This has been well accepted, even among non-Christians, who enjoy hearing stories in their native language.

Since the war broke out in Côte d'Ivoire in 2002, many Jula have been displaced. Trade routes that used to go through Côte d'Ivoire are now being detoured through more stable surrounding countries, like Ghana. This has had a large economic impact on the Jula remaining in the country. They retain their pride in their people, though, and look optimistically toward the future.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-26
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Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Savanes and Zanzan districts; widespread in all major cities.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Jula, Dyula
People Name General: Jula, Dyula
Alternate People Names:
Kong DyulaKong Jula
ROP3 Code: 104323
Joshua Project People ID: 12375
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,578,000
Population all Countries: 4,798,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke-Jula
People Name General: Jula, Dyula
Ethnic Code: NAB63h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Jula (2,578,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dyu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.00 % 
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
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: 1992-1997
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2013
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 ...
Audio RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Jula
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Dyula
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire

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People Cluster
    Malinke-Jula     Africa, West and Central    
      Jula, Dyula Côte d'Ivoire    
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            Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Jula  
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