Waata in Kenya

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People Name: Waata
Country: Kenya
10/40 Window: No
Population: 16,000
World Population: 16,000
Primary Language: Waata
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 25.00 %
Evangelicals: 5.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Khoisan
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Waata live in the forests of Kenya along the Tana river, Lamu District. They practice a mixture of Islam and animism, and have a low literacy rate.

Ministry Obstacles

Reliance on printed material to reach the Waata may not be helpful, given the low literacy rate.

Outreach Ideas

The low literacy rate suggests that oral communication of the Gospel message may be most appropriate. Gospel recordings, films, and Scripture stories could be very effective. The mixture of Islam and animism in their belief system may indicate less dogmatism than might otherwise be true.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few believers among the Waata, that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Waata may soon have improved educational opportunities for their children. Also pray that each individual in the tribe may hear the Gospel message in his mother tongue and presented in an understandable manner.

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