Furu in Congo, Democratic Republic of



Population

26,700

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

In the savanna along the Ubangi River, Furu speakers enjoy spacious land where they can spread out to raise chickens, goats and a few cattle. They plant gardens that include cassava and peanuts. Native grasses make an attractive roofing material for their houses, and keep them cool under the blazing African sun.

The Furu language originated farther north. It is of the Nilo-Saharan language family; early Furu settlers likely immigrated here from around Darfur, Sudan.

The Furu people call the creator god “Nzapa.” This deity works through intermediary spirits. One inhabits people, requiring offerings to a certain kind of tree (Kwara tree). They believe appeasing another, “Nafe,” ensures health, good luck, and good harvests, and that “Zuga” controls the outcome of the hunt. Both living and dead ancestors also wield influence. Furu life is steeped in fear and bound by rituals to assure good outcomes. They need the Savior who will bring them freedom, peace and abundant life. Understandable Scripture is needed to introduce them to Him and a translation project has begun.

A project has begun to create MP3 audio Scripture so believers will have access and be able to share with neighbors and friends. The project team expects pastors to use the translated Scripture for teaching and preaching. They also hope choirs will create songs from the translations, publicizing God’s Word and memorizing and broadcasting it through music.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Furu
People Name in Country Furu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 27,000
World Population 32,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Busuu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Furu
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 11780
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Equateur Province, Nord Ubangi, Bosobolo and Mobaye territories, east of Bosobolo.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Furu (27,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Furu 27,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
12.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
43.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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