People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Basotho of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 275

ROP3 Code: 109431
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Bantu, Sotho-Tswana
Language: Southern Sotho - (sot)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Lesotho

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 275

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Brief Profile

The Basotho people (Sotho or Basuto) are a Bantu ethnic group whose ancestors originated from southern Africa since around the fifth century.

The Lesotho nation emerged from the accomplished diplomacy of Moshoeshoe I who gathered together disparate clans of Sotho–Tswana origin that had dispersed across southern Africa in the early 19th century. Most Sotho today live in South Africa, as the area of the Orange Free State was originally part of Moshoeshoe's nation (now Lesotho).

Sotho is the first language of 1.5 million people in Lesotho, or 85% of the population. Sotho is one of the two official languages in Lesotho, the other being English. Lesotho enjoys one of Africa's highest literacy rates, with 59% of the adult population being literate chiefly in Sotho.

The vast majority of Basotho are Christian.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Basotho Christians to grow in their faith and to share the message of Christ with other South African people groups.
  • Pray for Basotho people to avoid the cultural temptation to be "in name only" followers of Christ.
  • Pray that messengers of the Gospel will disciple and train Basotho to obey the Great Commission.

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