Tembo-Kivu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Tembo-Kivu only in Congo, Democratic Republic of
Population
288,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 50s and early 60s. Their desire to have the Scriptures in their own language dates back to the 1970s 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 288,000
World Population 288,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kitembo, Motembo, Nyabungu
People ID 15329
ROP3 Code 109935
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 2016
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 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Tembo (288,000 speakers)
Language Code tbt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tembo
Primary Language Tembo (288,000 speakers)
Language Code tbt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tembo

Primary Language:  Tembo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1977-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tembo
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
12.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
17.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
46.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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