Gablai, Kabalai in Chad

Joshua Project has identified the Gablai, Kabalai only in Chad





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Kabalay people live in southern Chad around the town of Laï.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Living along one of the major rivers in Chad, their living is made from fishing and agriculture.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Missionaries first came to the region in the early 20th century, and as a result of the obedience of a few, the Bible has been translated in the neighboring Nancere language.

What Are Their Needs?

Almost all Kabalay understand Nancere well, although it is not their own language. The churches in the Kabalay area use the Nancere Scriptures, but few can read it well. Even though almost every Kabalay adheres to one church or another, many also hold on to their traditional religious beliefs. The gospel has yet to penetrate deeply in the hearts of the Kabalay so that they see that God does not accept following Him and appeasing the spirits at the same time.

Prayer Points

Since not many Kabalay know how to read, pray for an organized literacy program to take place among the Kabalay community, so that many Kabalay can begin to read the Word of God daily and apply its truths to their lives.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Gablai, Kabalai
People Name in Country Gablai, Kabalai
Population in Chad 47,000
World Population 47,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kaba-Lai
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Gablai, Kabalai
Ethnic Code NAB60c
People ID 12391
Country Chad
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwest Chad, Tandjile Prefecture, Lai Subprefecture; Lai and to the south on the eastern bank of Logone River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kabalai (47,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kabalai 47,000
For Primary Language: Kabalai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
63.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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