Embera-Baudo in Colombia

Embera-Baudo
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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Embera-Baudo
Country: Colombia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 6,600
World Population: 6,600
Primary Language: Embera-Baudo
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Embera-Baudo is an indigenous people group that lives only in a remote part of northwestern Colombia. They have their own language. The Baudos are a subgroup of the Embera people.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Embera-Baudo do not use the usual currency, but most use a form of trade instead. They live in a part of Colombia where they are vulnerable to rebel armies who commonly wreck havoc on indigenous peoples. They have raped women and forced young men to be their guides in finding rival rebel groups. Many of the Embera-Baudo now live in towns and cities to escape the violence. They are not prepared for this lifestyle change.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This tribe worships spirits and their religion can best be described as animistic. Animism is the belief that non-human objects have spirits. Fortunately, there is a nearby Embera group that has responded to the gospel. Though there is a language difference, this other group has the opportunity to take Christ to their neighbors.

What Are Their Needs?

The Embera-Baudo people need advocates to help them adjust to the ways of the 21st century which will surely engulf them if they aren’t ready. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to help them with job training and other economic needs.

Prayer Points

Pray for physical and spiritual protection for the Embera-Baudo people. Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross. Pray for a movement to Christ this decade.

Text Source:   Joshua Project