Ngombe in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Ngombe only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





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Introduction / History

Along the banks of the Congo River, tributaries wind into the jungle, feeding fish into pools where industrious Ngombe-South speakers gather them to feed their families. These people know how to live in the forest, hunting wild game and gathering edible snails and caterpillars to supplement their diet. They also harvest firewood, rattan vines, and several palm-tree products to use and to take to market plying the river as a thoroughfare. Small gardens provide yams and plantains for household use.

The Ngombe-South people enjoy a good joke, but they also encourage appropriate behavior. When a person transgresses culturally accepted norms, someone composes a song to publically announce the wrongdoer's crime and "reeducate" him toward proper performance. Beneath the harmony among these people hums a drone of fear. For them, all power comes from an initiation to the unseen world. Any dissonance in life requires immediate response to the spiritual cacophony with sacrifices to restore peace.

Soon though, they will have new music and lyrics directed by the Master as the Word comes to them in their mother tongue. Believers will have access to MP3 audio Scripture to share with neighbors and friends. The team expects pastors to use the translated Scripture for teaching and preaching. Because singing is used as an education tool among them already, Ngombe-South speakers can readily compose songs from the translations, publicizing God's Word and internalizing it as they learn the songs.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ngombe
People Name in Country Ngombe
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 508,000
World Population 508,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bagando, Banganda-Ngombe, Lingombe
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Ngombe
Ethnic Code NAB66c
People ID 13364
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, widespread along both sides of Congo River, Mongala District and adjacent parts of Sud Ubangi and Equateur districts; Binja in Orientale Province, Aketi Territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ngombe (508,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ngombe 508,000
For Primary Language: Ngombe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1903-1940)
New Testament Yes   (1915-1956)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Ngombe Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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