Dinka, Northeastern in South Sudan

Joshua Project has identified the Dinka, Northeastern only in South Sudan





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dinka people have traditions, most notably polygamy, that could potentially spread AIDS out of control. A story in the December 24, 2003 issue of International Herald Tribune showcased Chief Akot, who had 76 wives. This is certainly an extreme example, but his praxis is nothing unique in Sudan.

For the last 50 years, the Dinka lifestyle has been challenged and changed, primarily by formal education at colleges and universities. The ongoing civil war that ended in their region in 2005 also brought about significant change and displacement. These things have left the Dinka as a people unsure of their place or future.

The gospel of Jesus has yet to significantly influence Dinka society, and with the challenges of polygamy and civil war, there is an even more urgent need to seek and implement strategies that will be effective. Everything from infrastructure work to Bible translation to physical provision needs to be carried out.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God would send courageous and adaptable servants to live and work among the Dinka.
* Pray that, first and foremost, the Dinka people will come to understand God's love for them, and respond with faithful obedience. * Pray for God's Kingdom to come to the Dinka people in such a way that AIDS will be eliminated among them and neighboring peoples will give God the glory.

People Name General Dinka, Northeastern
People Name in Country Dinka, Northeastern
Population in South Sudan 814,000
World Population 814,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Northeastern Dinka, Northern Dinka, Padang
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Dinka, Northeastern
Ethnic Code NAB62f
People ID 11563
Country South Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southern Sudan, northeast of the Sudd..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dinka, Northeastern (814,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dinka, Northeastern 814,000
For Primary Language: Dinka, Northeastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1926-1943)
New Testament Yes   (1952)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Dinka, Northeastern Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
15.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
68.0 %
Photo Source: Keith & Jamie Lorenz  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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