Up until the 1200s, the Kanembu were the most powerful people group south of the Sahara. However, their empire rapidly declined during the 1500s. Today rich natron deposits are scattered across more than 30,000 acres of Chad. They are found in salt mines, most of which the Kanembu people own. While most of the Kanembu are farmers, many earn a living by mining the natron. The Kanembu live in the desert region of northwestern Chad. Vegetation is seasonal, since the area receives less than 12 inches of rain per year.
The people speak Kanembu, a Kanuri language that has various dialects. It is not yet a written language, and those who are literate read and write Arabic, which is taught in their Islamic schools.
Believers can use Global Recordings Network (GRN) recordings in the Kanembu language to help them to understand what Jesus did for them.
Pray that the few Kanembu believers will allow the light of the Holy Spirit to shine through them in such a way that others will be drawn to their Savior. * Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Chad and share Christ with the Kanembu.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kanembu towards Christ so that they will be receptive to His teachings.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will plant other churches among the Kanembu.
Scripture Prayers for the Kanembu in Chad.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2008-02-11|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2009-02-25|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-17|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-23|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-16|
|People Name General||Kanembu|
|People Name in Country||Kanembu|
|Population this Country||864,000|
|Population all Countries||898,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||17|
|Alternate Names||Kanembou; Karkawu; Kenembu|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Barh el Gazel region; Hadjer-Lamis region: Dagana department, Massakory subprefecture; Lac and Kanem regions. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Kanembu
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
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