Tembo-Kivu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Tembo-Kivu only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





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Introduction / History

The Tembo people of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are primarily subsistence farmers who grow their own food. The DR Congo has virtually no economy due to the continued instability associated with the ongoing civil war in their area. The people find themselves caught between the Rwandan soldiers and indigenous rebel groups seeking to oust the Rwandans. Many find themselves displaced due to the civil war and have moved to the towns of Bukavu and Goma along Lake Kivu.

The most dominant religion among the Tembo people is Roman Catholicism. The Protestant churches claim a membership of around 15,000 people, which is about 6% of the population. Protestant missionaries evangelized the Tembo area in the late 50's and early 60's. Their desire to have the Scriptures in their own language dates back to the 1970's when unfruitful attempts at translation were made. The first SIL missionaries entered the language area in 1986 and remained until 1988. In 1993 two other SIL families entered the area and remained until 1996.

Since 1996 the Tembo area has remained too unstable to permit their return. Translation was begun 1998 by three Tembo pastors along with SIL guidance. The first publication of the Scriptures was in 2002 when the Book of Luke was published and distributed to the churches for circulation. The Tembo people continue to desire missionary involvement to strengthen their churches, assist them with their translation and literacy programs, and further develop their other church programs, such as education and health care.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tembo-Kivu
People Name in Country Tembo-Kivu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 250,000
World Population 250,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kitembo, Motembo, Nyabungu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General Tembo-Kivu
Ethnic Code NAB57h
People ID 15329
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sud-Kivu and Nord-Kivu provinces, Kalehe Territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tembo (250,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tembo 250,000
For Primary Language: Tembo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1977-2009)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Tembo Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
17.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
46.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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