Languages

Afaan Oromo (Oromiffa)
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Afaan Oromo (Oromiffa)

26 million native speakers: Oromiffa is the official language of the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Many Oromo peoples are Muslim, and with training in their own language, Oromiffa-speaking believers are ready to take the gospel to their neighbors in Somalia.

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Amharic
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Amharic

21.8 Million native speakers: Amharic is the primary official language of Ethiopia. Strategically positioned to reach the surrounding countries in the Horn of Africa, the Ethiopian church is highly committed to ongoing church planting.

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Arabic
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Arabic

150 million native speakers: Arabic is the largest language group in Africa. At least 11 countries have Arabic as an official language. The translation of training and discipleship resources in Arabic is strategically important for reaching North Africa and the Middle East for Jesus.

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Chichewa
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Chichewa

9.7 million native speakers: Chichewa is the official language of Malawi and its neighboring countries. The church in Malawi was one of the first to adopt the continent-wide goal of planting a church within walking distance of every person.

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Chinese
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Chinese

There are hundreds of thousands of Chinese living in Africa. Chinese communities can be found in the majority of African countries. Most of them have had very little exposure to the gospel. Translating discipleship materials into their heart language will lay the foundation for further work to reach Chinese speakers throughout the continent.

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English
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English

Although English is not a first language for most, it is the second most widely spoken language in over 20 countries in Africa. English is often taught as early as grade school, making English textbooks the best choice in Bible schools in multiple countries.

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French
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French

120 million native speakers: French is the official language of 18. countries in Africa. French-speaking churches are well-positioned to advance church-planting initiatives among unreached people groups in West and Central Africa.

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Hausa
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Hausa

34 Million native speakers: Hausa is an official language of Nigeria, Niger, and Ghana. Less than 2% of all Hausa-speaking people are Christian.

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Kinyarwanda
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Kinyarwanda

9.8 million native speakers: Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda, which has a great need for discipleship in their churches. The translation of training materials in this language is already making an impact on thousands.

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Kirundi
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Kirundi

8.8 million native speakers: Kirundi is one of the official languages of Burundi. Very few pastors in that country have formal ministerial training, so church leaders are making the translation of training materials a high priority.

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Lingala
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Lingala

5.5 million native speakers: Lingala is a widely spoken language of central Africa. The church is growing among Lingala-speaking peoples, and there is an urgent need for training materials.

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Malagasy
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Malagasy

18 million native speakers: Malagasy is an official language of Madagascar. Many church-planting schools are emerging, and they urgently need quality curriculum in their heart language.

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Mòoré
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Mòoré

7.6 million native speakers: Mòoré is the most widely spoken language in Burkina Faso. Although Islamic extremism is on the rise, there is a strong, growing Mòoré-speaking church. Having training materials in their language is key to planting more churches throughout the country.

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Portuguese
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Portuguese

13.7 million native speakers: Portuguese is an official language of six African countries. Among these countries, Angola and Mozambique have experienced exponential church growth in recent years, creating an urgent need for trained church leaders.

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Somali
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Somali

16 million native speakers: Somali is the official language of Somalia and Djibouti. Resources in this language will empower the small number of known Somali believers to evangelize and disciple other Somalis more effectively.

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Spanish
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Spanish

1 million native speakers: Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa to speak Spanish as an official language. Discipleship materials are critically needed.

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Swahili
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Swahili

15 million native speakers: Swahili is an official language in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Millions more use Swahili as a trade language. Rapid church growth is creating an urgent need for leadership training.

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Tigrinya
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Tigrinya

7 million native speakers: Tigrinya is a major language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. The church endures and grows in spite of brutal persecution, but the Tigrinya-speaking churches urgently need training materials.

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