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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Jur Modo of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,000

ROP3 Code: 104332
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Nilotic
Language: Jur Modo - (bex)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: South Sudan

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Majority Located Where

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 2,000

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Brief Profile

The Jur Modo people came to the United States as refugees from South Sudan. In Sudan, they lived a rural way of life, living in relatively isolated compounds.

Historically, social events that bring the people together included dances, marriage ceremonies, funerals and funeral rituals, work parties, fishing and hunting that brought people from different villages into camps to fish and hunt together.

They speak Jur Modo language, a Nilo-Saharan and Central Sudanic language, though some speakers also use Arabic, Dinka, Moru, Baka, or Zande. There are several dialects of Jur Modo: namely, Lori, Modo (Jur Modo, Modo Lali), Wira, Wetu. The language is a tonal language.

Their principal religion is animism. People offer sacrifices when they become sick or begin a new homestead in a ceremony performed by the fortune teller (boya’da) who then pleads with the spirits of the ancestors.

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 God will work in the lives of Jur Modo via dreams and other means so that they may know about the true ultimate Creator God who became intimate living among us through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray evangelical Christians will intentionally engage the Jur Modo both in word and deed.

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United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX2,000