Watchi in Benin

Watchi
Photo Source:  Watchi Harvest 
Map Source:  Watchi Harvest
People Name: Watchi
Country: Benin
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 63,000
World Population: 969,000
Primary Language: Gbe, Waci
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.50 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Guinean
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Keith Carey