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Iteso in Kenya

Iteso

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
442,000 Teso Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 %   

Iteso in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Kenyan Teso people are an extension of their Ugandan counterparts in that they were merely separated by the partition of East Africa during the historic scramble and partition of Africa just like the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania and the Oromo of Kenya and Ethiopia. They are among the Plain Nilotic groups closely related to the Turkana, Karamojong, Toposa and the Maa groups of the Maasai and Samburu.

Where are they located?
The Teso people are located in Western Province of Kenya currently in Busia County which is in South of Mt. Elgon. Still, a large number of them inhabit parts of Bungoma and even Trans Nzoia Counties which are dominated by the Bukusu of the Luhya community.

What are their lives like?
Teso people are the only Plains Nilotic people whose lifestyles underwent drastic changes. Having been pastoralists since time immemorial, these people are now the most successful farmers in both Western Kenya and Eastern Uganda.

What are their beliefs?
In recent years the people have changed much of their lifestyle. They used to exhume the dead after some time because of population pressure on their land and they no longer have bushes to dump the bones of people who died long time ago. Now they use cement graves -- a sign that they have embraced new ways of dealing with the dead. They believe in one God (Akuju) and also in life after death.

What are their needs?
Promotion of self-respect and cohesiveness. Improvement of schools and other social amenities, development of roads, urbanization and governance.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Teso can embrace wholly the true God and stop practicing witchcraft and other harmful beliefs.
* Pray for prosperity to come to the Teso land
* Pray for rejuvenation of ways of doing things through enrichment of their mindset and for the people to become more hardworking and productive to counter the challenges of life.

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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:Busia county: north of Mambara.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Iteso
People Name General: Iteso
Alternate People Names:
AtesoBakedi
MenengTeso
ROP3 Code: 109975
Joshua Project People ID: 15448
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 442,000
Population all Countries: 3,440,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Iteso
Ethnic Code: NAB62q
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Teso (442,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): teo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Anglican
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity94.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions6.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican60.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1910-1992
New Testament:
1930-1966Audio
Complete Bible: 1961-2007
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Teso
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bible 1961
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Iteso in Kenya

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    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
     
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      Iteso Kenya    
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