Watchi in Benin


Population
48,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Islam and Christianity are two major religions that have reached the Watchi people. Though most people groups in West Africa have settled for one or the other, the Watchis can be Muslim, animistic or Christian.


Where Are they Located?

The Watchi people live in Togo and Benin, two small countries in West Africa.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Watchi people of Benin are very poor. It is common for them to sell their children to work for families who have more money. When their children are in this position, they are very vulnerable to being over-worked, sexually exploited, and sent away empty-handed. Others work on farms, eating less than they need for their work.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Watchi people follow traditional religions, although there are some Muslims and some Christians. In nearby Togo, the Watchi people are highly Christianized, but not in Benin.


What Are Their Needs?

The Watchi people need to have the chance to earn a good living and to allow their children to attend school so they can have a better future than the current generation.


Prayer Points

* There are Watchi believers in nearby Togo who can go to them. Pray for the Holy Spirit to thrust many of them out to church plant and disciple in Benin.
* Pray for spiritual discernment and openness for Watchi elders so they can direct their people to the King of kings.
* Pray for the Watchi people to learn ways to earn a living.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15813/TO
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Watchi-People-of-Benin/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-08
People Name General Watchi
People Name in Country Watchi
Population in Benin 48,000
World Population 886,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Wachi, Waci, Waci-Gbe, Watyi
People ID 15813
ROP3 Code 110602
Country Benin
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mono department: Comè commune; some in Athiémè and Grand-Popo communes.   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 Mono department: Comè commune; some in Athiémè and Grand-Popo communes..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gbe, Waci (48,000 speakers)
Language Code wci   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gbe, Waci
Primary Language Gbe, Waci (48,000 speakers)
Language Code wci   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gbe, Waci

Primary Language:  Gbe, Waci

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Photo Source Watchi Harvest 
Map Source Watchi Harvest  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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