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Sissala in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
29,000 Sissala Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.00 % No   

Sissala in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Sissala are a small group in south-central Burkina Faso, located on the Ghanaian border. The main occupation for the Sissala is subsistence farming. They benefit from the region's quite favorable climate, receiving an annual rainfall of between 35-40 inches or 900 to 1,000 mm.

The Sissala's response to literacy in their mother tongue has been good. While in certain of Burkina Faso's ethnic groups it takes years to motivate even a small percentage to learn to read and write their language, the Sissala have been more keen. Even after the departure of the expatriate literacy consultant, the program has carried on. In the area of Bible translation, the Sissala have also shown much initiative. The translation work has largely been carried out by two Sissala pastors. The New Testament was published in 1999.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Centre-Ouest region, Sissili province between Léo and Hamale, 30 villages; Sud-Ouest region, Ioba province, Niego and Ouessa departments.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sissala
People Name General: Sissala
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ROP3 Code: 109339
Joshua Project People ID: 14956
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 29,000
Population all Countries: 29,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Sissala
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sissala
Language Code (ISO): sld    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sisaala, Tumulung (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity16.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions54.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam30.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1995
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Sissala in Burkina Faso

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    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Sissala Burkina Faso    
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