The Mser language is one of the Kotoko languages. The Mser language is not written. They refer to themselves as Kotoko. The name they give to their 'language' depends upon what village they're from. A person from Digangali will say they speak digangali. A person from Madaf will say they speak madaf, etc. The Mser people live in the northern part of Cameroon spilling over into Chad. While some Mser people live in the town of Kousséri, and a few also work and live in the nearby city of N'Djamena. Seven Mser towns and villages exist in Cameroon, and four are across the Logone River in Chad. There are also a few other, smaller villages. Most live in villages. These villages may not be accessible during rainy season. The survey team visited only one Mser village in Cameroon, so the situation in the Chadian villages is unknown.
A Roman script writing system has been created for the language, but the language is moribund and further language development work is highly unlikely. Traditionally, village chiefs and sultans rule over the Mser people.
Islam dominates as the primary religion. Like most Muslims, the Mser people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.
The Mser people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.
Pray that the Mser people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.
Scripture Prayers for the Kotoko, Mser in Chad.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kotoko, Mser|
|People Name in Country||Kotoko, Mser|
|Natural Name||Mser Kotoko|
|Alternate Names||Kalo; Kuseri; Mser|
|Population this Country||3,000|
|Population all Countries||3,700|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, Kousséri subdivision. Source: Ethnologue 2016|