Country: South Sudan

Number of People Groups

77

People Groups Unreached

7 (9.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

10,936,000

Population in Unreached

500,000 (4.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

57.9%

% Evangelical

11.39%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

0.0%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Acholi, Shuli 54,000 1,905,000 Acholi Christianity 89.00 % 15.00 % -
 Ageer 25,000 25,000 Dinka, Northeastern Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.50 % -
Aja, Ajagbe 300 300 Gbaya Islam 6.00 % 2.00 % -
 Anuak 81,000 236,000 Anuak Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
Arab, Mongallese 71,000 71,000 Arabic, Sudanese Creole Islam 2.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Sudanese 378,000 19,773,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.40 % 8
Avukaya 46,000 106,000 Avokaya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
 Azande 668,000 2,702,000 Zande Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Bai, Bari 7,100 7,100 Bai Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 3.00 % -
Banda, Mid-Southern 2,800 135,000 Banda, Mid-Southern Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
Banda, Togbo-Vara 2,300 51,000 Banda, Togbo-Vara Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % -
Banda, West Central 6,200 12,000 Banda, West Central Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 % -
Banda-Banda 4,100 138,000 Banda-Banda Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
Banda-Mbres 8,100 66,000 Banda-Mbres Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 Banda-Ndele 1,900 50,000 Banda-Ndele Christianity 60.00 % 11.00 % -
 Bari 475,000 624,000 Bari Christianity 95.00 % 7.00 % -
 Belanda Bor 16,000 16,000 Belanda Bor Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 5.00 % -
Beli, Jur Beli 61,000 61,000 Beli Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Biykol 600 600 Komo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 6.00 % -
 Bongo 13,000 13,000 Bongo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
Bug, Mangayat 700 700 Gbaya Islam 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Buldit 5,000 5,000 T'apo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 1,700 15,618,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 12.00 % -
 Daasanach 4,600 97,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Deaf 106,000 46,968,000 Language unknown Christianity 60.50 % -
 Dhr Thuri, Wada 7,400 7,400 Thuri Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 % -
 Di'dinga, Xaroxa 63,000 63,000 Didinga Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 12.00 % -
 Dinka, Central 55,000 55,000 Dinka, South Central Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 9.00 % -
 Dinka, Northeastern 749,000 749,000 Dinka, Northeastern Christianity 80.00 % 17.00 % -
 Dinka, Northwestern 78,000 78,000 Dinka, Northwestern Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 % -
 Dinka, South Central 658,000 658,000 Dinka, South Central Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Dinka, Southeastern 236,000 236,000 Dinka, Southeastern Christianity 75.00 % 18.00 % -
 Dinka, Southwestern 2,988,000 2,988,000 Dinka, Southwestern Christianity 79.00 % 16.00 % -
Dongotono 4,700 4,700 Dongotono Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 % -
Gweri, Mo'da 1,400 1,400 Mo'da Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Homa 4,500 4,500 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 % -
Indri, Yanderika 1,300 1,300 Indri Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Ingessana, Gaam 28,000 139,000 Gaam Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Jumjum 6,700 90,000 Jumjum Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.50 % -
 Jur Modo 111,000 113,000 Jur Modo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 6.00 % -
 Kakwa, Bari Kakwa 92,000 353,000 Kakwa Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 % -
Kaligi, Feroge 16,000 16,000 Feroge Islam 20.00 % 4.00 % -
Kaliko 25,000 55,000 Keliko Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
Koguru 500 1,400 Zande Christianity 65.00 % 5.00 % -
Komo 3,800 27,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Kresh, Kparla 15,000 17,000 Gbaya Islam 17.00 % 4.00 % -
 Kuku, Bari 32,000 32,000 Bari Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 % -
 Lafon, Pari 49,000 49,000 Pari Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 4.00 % -
Langgo 40,000 40,000 Lango Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 % -
Lokoya, Owoi 52,000 52,000 Lokoya Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 7.00 % -
 Lopid, Lafit 72,000 72,000 Lopit Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 6.00 % -
 Lotuho, Latuka 193,000 193,000 Otuho Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.50 % -
 Luwo 160,000 160,000 Luwo Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 % -
Ma'adi 21,000 464,000 Ma'di Christianity 86.00 % 12.00 % -
 Maaban 72,000 72,000 Mabaan Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Mondari, Chir 66,000 66,000 Mandari Christianity 75.00 % 9.00 % -
Morokodo, Ma'di 47,000 47,000 Morokodo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
 Moru, Kala Moru 143,000 146,000 Moru Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 % -
Mundu 47,000 54,000 Mundu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Murle 122,000 124,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 % -
Narim, Lariminit 7,200 7,200 Narim Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.20 % -
Ndogo 19,000 26,000 Ndogo Christianity 55.00 % 7.00 % -
Njalgulgule 2,100 2,100 Njalgulgule Islam 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Nuer 1,842,000 2,107,000 Nuer Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 8.00 % -
Nyamusa-Molo 1,500 1,500 Nyamusa-Molo Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 6.00 % -
 Nyangatom 12,000 52,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 3.50 % 2.00 % 1
Olubogo, Ondoe Luloba 20,000 22,000 Olu'bo Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 2.50 % -
 Opo 3,300 6,100 T'apo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Reel, Atwot 72,000 72,000 Reel Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 8.00 % -
 Shilluk, Dhocolo 357,000 363,000 Shilluk Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 11.00 % -
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 4,700 8,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
Tara Baaka, Mbaka 38,000 41,000 Baka Christianity 65.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tennet 9,500 9,500 Tennet Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 2.00 % -
 Toposa 194,000 269,000 Toposa Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
 Uduk 4,400 28,000 Uduk Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 % -
 Viri, Belanda Viri 46,000 46,000 Belanda Viri Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
Yulu 2,800 19,000 Yulu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
  Totals:  77 10,936,000         7 57.92 % 11.39 % 14 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 126,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 11,062,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   10,936,000 77 7 9.1 % 500,000 4.6 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 2,644.2 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 6,894.0 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 1,837.2 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 1,063.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
10,936,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Acholi ach 1 0 Complete Bible
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Sudanese Creole pga 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 2 1 New Testament
Avokaya avu 1 0 New Testament
Bai bdj 1 0 Unspecified
Baka bdh 1 0 New Testament
Banda, Mid-Southern bjo 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda, Togbo-Vara tor 1 0 Translation Started
Banda, West Central bbp 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Banda bpd 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Mbres bqk 1 0 Translation Needed
Banda-Ndele bfl 1 0 Translation Needed
Bari bfa 2 0 Complete Bible
Belanda Bor bxb 1 0 Translation Started
Belanda Viri bvi 1 0 Translation Needed
Beli blm 1 0 Bible Portions
Bongo bot 1 0 Bible Portions
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Didinga did 1 0 New Testament
Dinka, Northeastern dip 2 0 Complete Bible
Dinka, Northwestern diw 1 0 Unspecified
Dinka, South Central dib 2 0 Bible Portions
Dinka, Southeastern dks 1 0 New Testament
Dinka, Southwestern dik 1 0 New Testament
Dongotono ddd 1 0 Translation Needed
Feroge fer 1 0 Unspecified
Gaam tbi 1 1 Unspecified
Gbaya krs 3 0 New Testament
Indri idr 1 0 Unspecified
Jumjum jum 1 0 Unspecified
Jur Modo bex 1 0 New Testament
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1 Translation Started
Kakwa keo 1 0 Complete Bible
Keliko kbo 1 0 New Testament
Komo xom 2 0 Bible Portions
Lango lno 1 0 Translation Started
Lokoya lky 1 0 Translation Needed
Lopit lpx 1 0 Translation Started
Luwo lwo 1 0 New Testament
Ma'di mhi 1 0 New Testament
Mabaan mfz 1 0 Complete Bible
Mandari mqu 1 0 Bible Portions
Mo'da gbn 1 0 Unspecified
Morokodo mgc 1 0 Bible Portions
Moru mgd 1 0 Complete Bible
Mundu muh 1 0 New Testament
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Narim loh 1 0 Unspecified
Ndogo ndz 1 0 New Testament
Njalgulgule njl 1 1 Unspecified
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyamusa-Molo nwm 1 0 Translation Needed
Nyangatom nnj 1 1 Bible Portions
Olu'bo lul 1 0 Translation Needed
Otuho lot 1 0 New Testament
Pari lkr 1 0 New Testament
Reel atu 1 0 Translation Started
Shilluk shk 1 0 Complete Bible
T'apo lgn 2 0 Translation Started
Tennet tex 1 0 Bible Portions
Thuri thu 1 0 Unspecified
Toposa toq 1 0 Bible Portions
Uduk udu 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Yulu yul 1 0 Translation Needed
Zande zne 2 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 68 77 7   13 26 34 53 6

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.4 %)
57.9 %
Ethnic Religions
34.8 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
7.0 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
14.2 %
Independent
4.3 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
23.3 %
Roman Catholic
57.3 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in South Sudan. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in South Sudan
  • Christian ministry in South Sudan
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

South Sudan Statistics
People Groups 77
Unreached People Groups 7  (9.1%)
Population 10,936,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Population in Unreached 500,000  (4.6%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 14
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 57.9%
Percent Evangelical 11.4%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 0.0%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 20%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code OD
Official Language(s) EnglishArabic, Sudanese Spoken
Literacy Rate 27%
Estimated Illiterate Population 7,984,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.