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Aweer in Kenya


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,900 Aweer Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % No No   

Aweer in Kenya

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The Aweer are a remnant hunter-gatherer group living along the Kenyan coast in Lamu District on the mainland. In the last 30 years, the Aweer have faced very difficult times. In 1967, their homeland became a battle field in the war between Kenya and Somalia. In Kenya today, they are a vulnerable group, struggling to survive, in search of a new identity. Traditionally they depend on their elders for leadership and do not normally meet for village discussion. There are some men who have more than one wife, and each wife has her own house in which she lives with her children. The husband does not have his own home but lives with each wife periodically.

Ministry Obstacles
In the past, the Aweer tribe has shown disinterest in following Christ, but recently they have been more open than in the past. Pray for growing interest.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that some Kenyan and Somali Christians will develop a desire to minister to the Aweer tribe, overcoming any tribal hostilities that they may feel. Pray for any funding needs that might stand in the way.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Aweer followers of Jesus to be effective in demonstrating how Jesus blesses and heals families and neighborhoods. Pray for these believers of Kenya and Somalia, that they will have teachers sent to help them grow in Christ. Pray they will accurately understand the Gospel of grace, not having it mixed with requirements of works. Pray they will be obedient to follow Christ's teachings and commands, in response to grace.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Aweer people will be given a desire to know Jesus Christ. Pray they will hunger to learn more about this Man, and will desire to follow his ways.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-01-29
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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Lamu county: Indian Ocean area inland north of Lamu city; Garissa county: north and west of Mundane range; Tana River county: forests inland from Kipini city; 11 villages or more.
(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: Aweer
People Name General: Aweer
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101604
Joshua Project People ID: 10942
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,900
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Aweer
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Aweer (9,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bob    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions28.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam70.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(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: 2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Aweer in Kenya

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People Cluster
    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Aweer Kenya    
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