Bokoto in Central African Republic

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People Name: Bokoto
Country: Central African Republic
10/40 Window: No
Population: 198,000
World Population: 198,000
Primary Language: Bhogoto
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 89.00 %
Evangelicals: 46.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Congo
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

At one time diamonds were the life blood of the Bokoto people. A hard days work was enough to provide for a family's basic needs. But now there are no more diamond or forestry companies to feed the Bokoto speakers' regional economy. Expatriates and bandits challenge every aspect of daily life and chip away at their hope.

For many, their only defense is to buy protection from local healers or appease lifeless gods. Christians have also confused Bible tenets as mere rituals.

Families now choose Africa's other national resource: fertile land as subsistence farmers. They cultivate cassava, peanuts and corn and sell excess crops in markets. That's their sole income — available if crops aren't trampled by cows and goats.

Local economic conditions are driven by wealthy expatriates, who have significant cultural differences. And Bokoto speakers have little to defend their economy and land against continued exploitation.

Because of peoples' increasing hopelessness, it was agreed that Bokoto people needed help quickly, so a Luke translation began almost immediately.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Early in the project Catholic, Apostolic and Cooperation churches all joined the effort. These pastors and congregations volunteered, provided translators and community checked excerpts for clarity and understanding. By the end of December 2011, they finished Luke and scheduled production for the "JESUS" film.

Given the community reception and need, the entire New Testament and six Old Testament books have been slated for translation. Before this large undertaking has even begun, Faith Comes by Hearing has agreed to provide Proclaimer broadcast tools to promote listening groups, evangelism and training.

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