Nuer in South Sudan

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Nuer
Photo Source:  Judy McCallum  Creative Commons 
Map Source:  Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
People Name: Nuer
Country: South Sudan
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,842,000
World Population: 2,107,000
Primary Language: Nuer
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 25.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Nilotic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

According to the Nuer elders, Nuer orginated from a big tree in a place called Liech. As their number increased there was not enough grazing field for the large number of cattle and some of them migrated. Quarrels also cause some of them to break away.

Where Are they Located?

The Nuer are located in both Ethiopia and South Sudan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nuer depend on their numerous cattle, which they also use for marriage and solving problems.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nuers believe in supernatural being. They also believe in lesser gods which they called "kuuth," but they know that there is only one God (Kuoth). As most of the Nuer are now Christian they could no longer believe in "kuuth," but they believe in Kuoth which means one God. Nuer usually pray early in the morning.

What Are Their Needs?

In general, the Nuer need very much church support, as the newly formed government of South Sudan cannot fulfill all their needs. The most important need now is education which many Nuer do not have. There is great illiteracy among these people.

Prayer Points

* Pray for peace in South Sudan.
* Pray the Lord will continue to open the eyes of the Nuer community to see their opportunity to trust Christ for an abundant and eternal life.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up qualified Nuer pastors and teachers, and they will be well established in the faith.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up godly school teachers and educators.

Text Source:   Khan John