Kofan in Ecuador


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Introduction / History

The Kofan people are also called Cofan. They live in Colombia and Ecuador.
They have consistently had troubles with outsiders trying to take their land. In the 1500s and 1600s they had violent confrontations with Spanish colonizers who were looking for gold and good farmland. The rubber boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s brought several deadly diseases to the Kofan people. From the 1940s-60s there were oil companies that drilled for oil and destroyed the natural environment in the Kofan homeland. Since the Kofan people depend on their environment for food, this was devastating. Eventually they managed to re-introduce some of the wild animals that they once hunted for food. Outsiders brought them turtles and chickens to replenish their food supply.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kofan people are now able to live independent, self-sustained lives. But that can change at any time.
SIL has friendly contact with them, so there is the promise of keeping their language alive. So far, they have a New Testament in their language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a strong Roman Catholic presence among the Kofan people in Ecuador.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all other peoples of the world, the Kofan need to put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Kofan people who love the Lord to disciple others in his ways.
Pray for these disciples to live holy lives that draw others to the Throne of Grace.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in Kofan families, leading them to understand their dignity and self-worth comes from their relationship with Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Kofan in Ecuador.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof%C3%A1n_people
https://www.cofan.org/cofan-people
https://2012-2017.usaid.gov/news-information/frontlines/depleting-resources/cofan-guardians-amazon-forest


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kofan
People Name in Country Kofan
Alternate Names A'i; Cofan
Population this Country 1,500
Population all Countries 3,400
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11400
ROP3 Code 102254
ROP25 Code 301815
ROP25 Name Cofan / Kofan
Country Ecuador
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Napo province: near Santa Rosa de Sucumbíos, and down Aguarico river 130 km; Sucumbíos province; 5 main centers in Colombia and Ecuador border areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ecuador
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Napo province: near Santa Rosa de Sucumbíos, and down Aguarico river 130 km; Sucumbíos province; 5 main centers in Colombia and Ecuador border areas..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 30.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Cofan
Language Code con   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Cofan
Language Code con   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Cofan
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