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Bekworra, Yakoro in Nigeria

Bekworra, Yakoro

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
187,000 Bekwarra Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 %   

Bekworra, Yakoro in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Bekwarra people are farmers, who grow various kinds of yams, bananas, maize, cocoa, rubber trees and coconut palms. Their Cross River State in southeastern Nigeria was created in 1967, and it shares its eastern border with Cameroon.

Although there are more than 648 primary schools and 145 upper grade schools in the state, literacy among the Bekwarra is low. Another challenge is these villagers have very limited access to adequate health care facilities.

The Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Assemblies of God and other Protestant groups have a long history in the Bekwarra community. However, many church-goers still practice African traditional religion, which reveres ancestors and offers sacrifices to spirits. Many people here are nominal Christians, because they don't understand what the Bible really teaches.

What are their beliefs?
While the New Testament was translated in 1983, it is not used well. Work is underway to translate the whole Bible. Having the whole Bible will provide them with a foundation for the teachings of Christ, the cultural examples used and many of the unexplained and little understood references and activities in the New Testament—such as references to "the Law", "the priests", "the prophets". Villagers and translators alike are excited that within the communities, literacy efforts have already begun. The team anticipates expansion of this program, in cooperation with government educational authorities.

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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Cross River state: Bekwara LGA; Benue state: Vandeika LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bekworra, Yakoro
People Name General: Bekworra
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101216
Joshua Project People ID: 10769
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 187,000
Population all Countries: 187,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Bekworra
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bekwarra (187,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bkv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent100.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
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: 1970
New Testament:
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bekwarra
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Bekworra, Yakoro in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Bekworra Nigeria    
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