Country: Eritrea

Number of People Groups

18

People Groups Unreached

10 (55.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

3,393,000

Population in Unreached

1,323,000 (39.0%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

51.4%

% Evangelical

2.67%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.6%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherents
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afar 266,000 2,492,000 Afar Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 5
 Amhara 12,000 23,432,000 Amharic Christianity 60.00 % 1.10 % -
 Arab, Hadrami 49,000 1,594,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Palestinian 15,000 11,006,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 0.04 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 32,000 19,771,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 35,000 7,164,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.05 % 0.00 % 1
 Beja, Hedareb 127,000 3,597,000 Bedawiyet Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Bilen 61,000 61,000 Bilen Islam 31.00 % 1.00 % -
Dahalik 1,100 1,100 Dahalik Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 26,000 46,963,000 Language unknown Islam 47.31 % -
 Italian 1,000 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kunama 125,000 159,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 % -
 Nara, Nialetic 55,000 55,000 Nara Islam 4.50 % 1.80 % 1
 Rashaida 50,000 170,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 1
 Saho, Irob 129,000 180,000 Saho Islam 30.00 % 0.25 % -
 Somali 1,700 23,117,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 % 1
 Tigray, Tigrinya 1,701,000 8,719,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 4.47 % -
 Tigre, Eritrean 706,000 782,000 Tigre Islam 0.09 % 0.06 % 14
  Totals:  18 3,393,000       10   51.39 % 2.67 % 29 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 104,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 3,497,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   3,393,000 18 10 55.6 % 1,323,000 39.0 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,169,000 8,522.5 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,931,000 22,220.2 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,922,000 5,921.7 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,286,000 3,427.2 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
3,393,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Hadrami Spoken ayh 1 1 Translation Started
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1 Translation Started
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Bedawiyet bej 1 1 Bible Portions
Bilen byn 1 0 Bible Portions
Dahalik dlk 1 1 Translation Needed
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Nara nrb 1 1 Translation Needed
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigre tig 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 18 18 10   3 5 13 14 4

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.7 %)
51.4 %
Ethnic Religions
1.6 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
45.2 %
Non-Religious
1.8 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.8 %
Orthodox
79.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.7 %
Roman Catholic
9.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Eritrea. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Eritrea
  • Christian ministry in Eritrea
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Eritrea Statistics
People Groups 18
Unreached People Groups 10  (55.6%)
Population 3,393,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 1,323,000  (39.0%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 29
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 51.4%
Percent Evangelical 2.7%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.6%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ER
Official Language(s) TigrignaEnglish
Literacy Rate 69%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,052,000
Persecution Ranking 7 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.