Suri in South Sudan

Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Suri
Country: South Sudan
10/40 Window: No
Population: 4,200
World Population: 8,000
Primary Language: Suri, Kacipo-Bale
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Nilotic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Suri people are not the kind of people that get the attention of anthropologists. They are small, but not dying out as a people. They do not live a lifestyle that stands out in this part of the world. Fortunately, there is a little bit of missionary work among this animistic people.

Where Are they Located?

The Suri people live in South Sudan and Ethiopia. They live in the land where these two countries come together.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Suri area is hilly, so there are challenges for raising crops. Some of their land is forested.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Siri is animism, a religious worldview that natural physical entities--including animals, plants, and even inanimate objects--possess a spiritual essence. There is a small Christian minority among them, but the only Christian materials in their language are some gospel recordings.

What Are Their Needs?

This people group has believers reaching out to them, but they need the JESUS Film and other resources to understand the gospel. As of 2011, there has been a book about their grammar, which can open the door for translating these materials.

Prayer Points

The Suri people are animistic, so they attribute power to spirits that control their lives. Pray that they will be willing to understand that the God of the Bible has all power, and all worship is due to Him alone.
There are few Christian materials for this people group. Pray for the JESUS Film to become available in their language.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among this people group, both in South Sudan and in Ethiopia.

Text Source:   Keith Carey