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Training Bible School - Sukuma tribe
In the Chunya
Africa Training Bible School Center (ATBS) Apostle David
is training the untrained pastors from theSukuma tribes these
tribes are un reached tribes according to Joshua projects
and the ATBS Chunya Center is very vital in the area.
Information sourced from wikipedia.org
|The Sukuma are a Bantu ethnic group
inhabiting the southeastern African Great Lakes region. They
are the largest ethnic group in Tanzania, with an estimated
5.5 million members or 16 percent of the country's total population.
Sukuma means "north" and refers to "people of the north." The
Sukuma refer to themselves as Basukuma (plural) and Nsukuma
(singular). They speak Sukuma, which belongs to the Bantu branch
of the Niger-Congo family.
It is estimated that of the 7.2 billion people alive
in the world today, 3.0 billion of them live in unreached people
groups with little or no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to Joshua Project, there are approximately
16,300 unique people groups in the world with about ,6500 of them
considered unreached including the Sukuma tribe.
The vast majority (95%) of these least reached groups
exist in the 10/40 window and less than 10% of missionary work is
done among these people.
Most of the Sukuma people are subsistence farmers
and cattle herders with sweet potatoes and millet as staple food.
The main cash crops are cotton and tobacco. The majority of Sukuma
people practice and are deeply rooted in animism. Every area of
life, from naming their children to planting crops, is affected
by their belief in the ancestral and other spirits. The Sukuma are
presently about 42% Christian, and that number has been growing
significantly in recent years. However, there is still a lot of
syncretism with animism in Christianity. The Sukuma people in rural
areas are especially poor, but they are able to meet their own subsistence
needs. However, when drought comes to this dry savannah region,
as it has recently, this area is hit especially hard.
The Sukuma also have a spiritual need – to
be freed from the bondage and fear of spirit beings. Much of a Sukuma
animist's life and resources is spent for the ancestor spirits and
other spirit beings, because they are deathly afraid of them.
Information sourced from joshuaproject.net