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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Shilluk of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 14,900

ROP3 Code: 108946
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Nilotic
Language: Shilluk - (shk)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: South Sudan

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Majority Located Where

  Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA - 1,400

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 800

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Brief Profile

The Shilluk people originated from South Sudan, where they reside on both banks of the river Nile, in the vicinity of the city of Malakal. They are the third largest people group behind the Central Dinka and the Nuer people groups in South Sudan.

Linguistically, they speak Shilluk, a language closely related to the Anuak people group.

Religiously, a large percentage of Shilluk pride themselves in being Christian. However, the majority are nominal Christians who mix their religious practices with traditional African religions. Their traditional African religion prohibits approaching God directly making the necessity of dead ancestors intervening on their behalf.

With the above in mind, they are believers of spiritualism and/or Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism). Moreover, they collectively seek to pass their traditions and beliefs on to the next generation.

Please note: The Sudanese people group cluster, numbering over 100,000, includes the Acholi, Anuak, Azande, Bari, Central Dinka, Jur Modo, Kaliko, Mabaan, Madi, Moru, Nuer, Shilluk, plus several other minority people groups. They are socially, culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse with each having their own unique people group identity.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Christians living near the Shilluk will exhibit authentic expression of the message of Christ both in word and deed.
  • Pray evangelical Shilluk will boldly share their faith in Christ with unreached Shilluk and other African people groups.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesDes MoinesDes Moines-West Des MoinesIA1,400
United StatesDuncanvilleDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX800

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