Nglwa, Mbato in Côte d'Ivoire

Joshua Project has identified the Nglwa, Mbato only in Côte d'Ivoire
Population
41,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mbato language group of southern Cote d'Ivoire likes to be called Nglwa. They live in a tropical rainforest fringed by a coastal lagoon. The nearby city of Abidjan, the country's economic capital, is also home to many of them. The majority of people earn a living from agriculture. Some are subsistence farmers, living off what they raise in their own fields. Others work in agricultural cooperatives that grow palm oil, coconut, cassava or bananas. Still others work for large producers of rubber and palm oil.

Christian workers from Africa and Europe brought the Gospel to the Nglwa people about 100 years ago. Today a large percentage profess Christianity but also follow the rules of animistic traditions deeply ingrained in their cultures. Those strong in their faith often face daily pressures from those who insist on using fetishes - objects believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man-made object that has power over others - to ward off evil spirits. Nglwa Christians are beginning work to translate the Bible. The Word of God in Nglwa will give Christians the grounding in their faith they have lacked. Strengthened as Christ's disciples, they will be equipped to share His Good News with their animist neighbors and resist animist influences themselves. Scriptures set to music will enhance worship. This exemplary grass roots effort may well spark new, church-led Bible translations in other parts of Cote d'Ivoire.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nglwa, Mbato
People Name in Country Nglwa, Mbato
Population in Côte d'Ivoire 41,000
World Population 41,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gwa
People ID 19062
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Lagunes District, Petit Alépé subprefecture; Comoé District, east bank, Comoé river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Lagunes District, Petit Alépé subprefecture; Comoé District, east bank, Comoé river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Mbato (41,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: gwa   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Mbato (41,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: gwa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Mbato

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
8.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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