Where Are they Located?
The Migaami live in an area surrounding the impressive Abu Telfane mountain range, in the Guera region of central Chad.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The long dry season and conditions of life have had an impact on the Migaami people who work the land and trade the surplus to provide for their families. Of those who have the benefit of schooling, a number also work in professional jobs such as teaching, public offices, and nursing.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Less than a century ago, the Migaama believed in the Margay spirits who are their intermediaries between men and the supreme Creator God, "Mella". For a long time, they resisted Islam which tried to force its system on them. Once the Arabs had conquered the valleys, it was more difficult to resist. Finally the French colonialists put pressure on them to abandon their mountain dwellings. Then, Islam forced them to abandon their animistic practices. Today, most of them call themselves Muslims. Though there are some remnants of the 'Margi' practices, the majority have become Muslims, consulting the marabou or imam in situations of need. The use of amulets and following the teachings of Islam has somewhat replaced the traditional 'Margi' practices. Some of the Migaami have shown great interest in the Christian message, but many of these people are becoming Muslim also. Though the current Chadian constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the social pressure is great to become Muslims. Today 'Margi' worshippers, Muslims and Christians live peaceably together. Cultural identity seems to be more important than 'religious' beliefs. Their openness is key at this time.
Pray a strong church movement would be established among the Migaami, and the neighboring Daju and Bidiyo peoples. They have yet to have the Bible translated into their language, a helpful foundation for evangelism and church planting. Their society shows signs of major change in the next two or three generations. Will the Good News of Jesus be part of the transformation of this society?
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