East Africa (MNN) — The Daasanach people group resides throughout three countries in East Africa — Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. According to The Joshua Project, all three national groups are considered unreached, with evangelical population percentages ranging from 0.5 to two percent.
Next year, The JESUS Film Project hopes to make huge strides for the Gospel among this people group, and it will be an exciting landmark for the ministry as well.
“There’s a lot going on here,” says Tiffany Berry with The JESUS Film Project. “In 2017, the big thing we are praying for is the recording of this 1,500th JESUS Film language, which is [the Daasanach] language. So this is a big moment in the history of The JESUS Film Project.”
The Daasanach people currently have a New Testament in their heart language. But for those who are non-literate or are oral learners, stories and messages shared through drama tend to have a greater impact.
So far, over 200 million people have come to know Christ as a result of watching The JESUS Film. There are around 88,600 Daasanach people, and with the addition of Daasanach as the 1,500th language recording sometime in 2017, thousands more will have access to the saving knowledge of the Gospel.
However, the road ahead for this project is still a long one, and Berry says your prayers are needed.
“We want to be praying for the crew that’s going to be recording this 1,500th language, that its production goes smoothly and that people will hear about Jesus for the very first time and they’ll get to hear about it in their heart language.”
It’s also an opportunity for thanks as they see God moving, says Berry.
“As we reach this milestone, we want to spend time…praising God for all that He has done up to this point; 1,500 languages is something that is just a huge milestone in our history. So we want to praise God for that, and we also want to pray that many lives will be touched.”