Marenje in Mozambique

Joshua Project has identified the Marenje only in Mozambique
Population
573,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Marenje are mainly an agricultural people. Since they live near the border to Malawi, where produce brings a good price, they take their goods there by bicycle.

Many of the Marenje first heard the gospel when they were refugees in Malawi during the war in Mozambique (1980s). There are many small churches, but because of lack of literacy and pastors or others who themselves are mature disciples there is little depth.

The language is under severe stress. Fewer and fewer children are learning it, the people preferring Chichewa (Nyanja) or to a much lesser extent Portuguese. With no literature in the language, there are no known churches tthat use Marenje in their services. Most use Chichewa. Milange and Tengua is the Marenje heartland, but since this area is close to the border with Malawi and the fact most fled to Malawi during the long civil war Chichewa has greater value and the churches use Chichewa or Portuguese so as to not exclude anyone.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of Marenje are Roman Catholic since there is a large Catholic mission there that started in the 1940's.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Marenje
People Name in Country Marenje
Population in Mozambique 573,000
World Population 573,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Marendje
People ID 19026
ROP3 Code 106322
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Zambezia province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Zambezia province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Marenje (573,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: vmr   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Marenje (573,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: vmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Marenje

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
73.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
7.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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