Hunsrik in Brazil

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Hunsrik
Photo Source:  Pamela Machado  Creative Commons 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Hunsrik
Country: Brazil
10/40 Window: No
Population: 3,146,000
World Population: 3,146,000
Primary Language: Hunsrik
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 85.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Germanic
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hunsrik people, who live in Brazil, are almost all professing Christians; however, for the most part, their Christianity is nominal. Though many people go to church, they hardly ever talk about Jesus. Rather, they live in fear of spirits and regularly consult traditional religious leaders.

The Hunsrick, a Germanic people, immigrated to Brazil about 200 years ago. Although they came from many different regions of Germany, for commercial and social reasons they set aside their local dialects in favor of Hunsrik, the majority language.

Most of the Hunsrik live in mountainous regions of Southern and Southeastern Brazil. They enjoy singing and playing music, particularly during their festivals, which occur close to the harvest season.

Because their language was unwritten until very recently, the Hunsrik people do not have God's Word in their mother tongue. Now, in association with mission organizations and two major denominations, a team of translators is ready to bring the Gospel of Luke and the "JESUS" film to the Hunsrik people, so they may move out of bondage to fear and into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.

Text Source:   Anonymous