Gbe, Toli in Benin

The Gbe, Toli have only been reported in Benin
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Introduction / History

Toli is one of about 20 Gbe dialects spoken in West Africa, from Ghana to Nigeria.

Toli Gbe refers to people who speak a specific dialect, not about an ethnic group.

Benin was relatively peaceful until the rise of the transatlantic slave trade. Eventually, 15,000 slaves per year were snatched from the area around Benin as part of a trade between the European mainland, West Africa, and the colonies of the New World. Male slaves were especially prized, so there were two adult women for every man left in Africa by the slave traders.


Where Are they Located?

Those who speak the Toli dialect of Gbe live in the small West African nation of Benin.


What Are Their Lives Like?

While Benin has experienced economic growth over the past few years and is one of Africa's largest cotton producers, it ranks among the world's poorest countries.

Women are responsible for cooking, cleaning, hauling water, caring for children, and numerous other chores that fill a day. They have little leisure time.

Housing is generally mud brick – either round with mud walls, or rectangular with walls made of sun-dried mud bricks. Most houses have straw thatched roofs.

The farming season is about five months long, from June to October. Farming and gardening is all done by hand, using long-handled implements for the planting and cultivating of crops like sorghum and millet. It is labor intensive, and despite a farmer's best efforts, they can produce little or nothing because of draught or pests. In addition to farming, Toli Gbe speakers raise chickens, sheep, goats, and cattle, although the larger animals are usually only slaughtered and eaten during religious ceremonies and festivals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The people who speak Toli Gbe are animistic. This means that they believe there are many spirits in the world that must be appeased and placated. Voodoo is a spiritual stronghold among many people groups in Benin. There are some believers among Toli Gbe speakers who can be used of the Lord to show them a better way.

Toli Gbe speakers are unreached with the gospel. The complete Bible, Global Recordings Network (GRN) audio, and visual resources, such as the JESUS Film, are available in their language, so believers can take these gospel materials to them.


What Are Their Needs?

Their most critical need is for the Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their worldly lives, and see that they have no acceptance with the creator of the universe except through His son.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the justice and righteousness of the Lord to spread throughout Benin.
* Pray that teams of disciples will live among Toli Gbe speakers and reach them with the gospel.
* Pray for many witchdoctors and voodoo priests to experience the power and mercy of Jesus, and turn to Him.
* Pray that the Toli Gbe speakers will see the difference between their animistic religion and faith in God the Father.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gbe_languages
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4pKTrcxdXA
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13037572
https://www.britannica.com/place/Benin

Written by Karen Hightower, GPD writer


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gbe, Toli
People Name in Country Gbe, Toli
Population in Benin 11,000
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Toli
People ID 15541
ROP3 Code 110138
Country Benin
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ouémé department: Southeast, Akpro-Missérété, Avrankou, Adjarra, Porto-Novo communes; Plateau department: Sakete commune.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Benin
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ouémé department: Southeast, Akpro-Missérété, Avrankou, Adjarra, Porto-Novo communes; Plateau department: Sakete commune..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Gun (11,000 speakers)
Language Code guw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toli-gbe
Dialect Code 6147   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gun (11,000 speakers)
Language Code guw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toli-gbe
Dialect Code 6147   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gun

Primary Language:  Gun

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1886-1910)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1892-1919)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1923-1972)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gun
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
94.90 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.10 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
22.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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