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Assa in Tanzania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Maasai Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %   

Assa in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The population of the Assa people seems to be lower than it once was because an eastern branch merged with the more numerous Maasai people in the Manyara Region. Their population is only 700, they are unreached, and life expectancy is 55 years.

Where are they located?
This people group lives only in northeastern Tanzania.

What are their lives like?
Tanzania is one of the world's poorest nations. Over one million children are orphaned because of AIDS.

Residents of the Manyara Region where Assa people live, are mostly farmers. Mining of Tanzanite gems, and tourism are also occupations in their part of Tanzania.

What are their beliefs?
Assa people are 95 percent animistic, meaning that they look to the spirit world. Witchcraft is widespread among them. They have not been influenced by relative religious freedom existing in Tanzania. Bible resources, written, audio, and visual are available in their spoken language. There are no known believers in Lord Jesus Christ among them.

What are their needs?
Widespread systemic poverty affects the Assa people. They need help to establish and maintain schools, medical clinics, drinking water, and sanitation to improve their lives.
Although Scripture resources are available in their language, they need someone to tell them. Someone must teach them. Will it be you or someone you know?

Prayer Points
* The Church in Tanzania is shallow and must be discipled to reach its own people.
* Health issues are serious and must be addressed if people are to live long enough to experience God's truth and abundant life.
* Pray for broken intercessors who will kneel before heaven's throne for as long as it takes to see the Assa people of Tanzania reached for Christ.


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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Manyara region: central Maasai steppe, Landenai, Ndovu Okutu, Lolbeni villages; reportedly also in Lemelebo, Landrobo, Naitomani districts.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Assa
People Name General: Assa
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115039
Joshua Project People ID: 19572
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Assa
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maasai
Language Code (ISO): mas    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Aasax (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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: 1905-1961
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1991
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maasai
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Maasai - Masai
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Assa in Tanzania

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People Cluster
    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Assa Tanzania    
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      Ethnic Religions     Maasai  
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