Wolane in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Wolane only in Ethiopia
Population
125,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Wolane live near the Qabena, Oromo and Muher people, on the northeastern edge of the Gurage region, approximately 160 km south of Addis Ababa. Many also live in Addis Ababa. The Wolane who live in Addis Ababa earn their living as merchants at Merkato.Those living in the Gurage region farm and raise livestock.

The Wolane have an oral culture (the Wolane language is not written according to the Ethnologue.) They are made up of 12 tribes, with some 67 lines of descent. Most of the younger people in the tribe are multi-lingual. The Wolane, Silt'I and Azarmat-Barbare languages are closely related, and Amharic is often spoken, as well.

The main Wolane towns are Wolane Jimma in the former Wolane-Ezha district and Mahal Amba in Kokir district.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Wolane have been Muslim for as long their tribal history records. Christians are only found amongst a few descendants of former administration officials who have come to work in the area. In Mahal Amba not a single Christian church is to be found. The town is dominated by a giant mosque, which was built recently by a rich merchant from Saudi Arabia.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Ethiopian churches in the diaspora and in Ethiopia to mobilize their people and resources to reach the Wolane for Christ.
* Ask God to stir up believers who live near the Wolane to develop good relationships with them and find persons of peace.
* Ask God to prepare the hearts of the Wolane to hear and receive the gospel.
* Ask God for a disciple making movement among the Wolane.


References

http://www.hornofafrica.org/pdf/Wolane.pdf


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Wolane
People Name in Country Wolane
Population in Ethiopia 125,000
World Population 125,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19814
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gurage zone.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gurage zone.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Wolane (125,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wle   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wolane (125,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wle   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wolane

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
3.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
96.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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