Bideyat in Sudan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Bideyat and the Zaghawa are names given by the Arabs, but they call themselves the 'Béri '. The Bideyat could be described as northern Béri, and the Zaghawa as southern Béri. The Béri are also numerous in Sudan.
In times past there was a great Béri Kingdom. In the twelfth century they are believed to have occupied most of Chad between Chari and Fezzan, between Kawar and Darfur.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Herds of cattle and camels are a very important part of the Béri culture. Cattle and other animals from their herds are traditionally part of the 'bride price '. The Bideyat are more associated with nomadic camel herding and the Zaghawa associated with cattle as sedentary stock producers.
The Béri live in a very delicate ecological situation, where the Sahara is encroaching on the Sahelian grasslands where they have lived for several centuries. Low rainfall is having a great impact on the Béri, who depend on the rains not only for the crops they raise, but most of all for the precious water resources for their herds. Lack of rain has caused whole villages to move elsewhere, and many have gone to live in urban areas like Abéché and Ndjamena.


What Are Their Beliefs?

When Islam came to the Béri from the seventeenth century onwards, many were less than responsive to Islam because of their strong ancient belief system, and some pre-Islamic rituals survive until this day. Even though increasingly more of the Béri tribes have abandoned the traditional religious beliefs passed on by their ancestors, now most of the Béri claim to be Muslims. Only some of the elderly are observing traditional religious practices.


What Are Their Needs?

Not only do they live in a dry area physically, but spiritually, they are still waiting for the Spirit of God to birth life in Jesus Christ amongst them.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Bideyat people to experience and understand God’s provision.
Pray for loving and dedicated workers.
Pray for a “Book of Acts” type of movement to Christ among the Bideyat people in Sudan and Chad.
Pray for Bideyat disciples who will disciple others.


Scripture Prayers for the Bideyat in Sudan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bideyat
People Name in Country Bideyat
Alternate Names Beri
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 24,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10833
ROP3 Code 101416
ROP25 Code 301092
ROP25 Name Beri (Bideyat, Zaghawa)
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shamal Darfur and Gharb Darfur states, scattered.an   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shamal Darfur and Gharb Darfur states, scattered.an.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Zaghawa (13,000 speakers)
Language Code zag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Tuba
Dialect Code 8124   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Zaghawa (13,000 speakers)
Language Code zag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Tuba
Dialect Code 8124   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zaghawa

Primary Language:  Zaghawa

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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