Gengle in Nigeria

Photo Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Gengle
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,700
World Population: 6,700
Primary Language: Gengle
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 4.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


Gengle are farmers. Millet is the staple crop in the region and is used to make flour and beer. The religion of the Gengle involves a "totemic" perspective, a system of belief in which each human is thought to have a spiritual connection or a kinship with another physical being, such as an animal or plant. Offerings and sacrifices are made to family ancestors to appease them and to thank them, especially during harvest times. The dancing of bush cow masks is known to be a part of a secret society whose main purpose is to ask the ancestors who are associated with the bush cow for abundance and agricultural fertility. Wooden statues that are carved to represent the dead are placed near the skull of the deceased person. It is believed that the spirit is then able to enter the statue which can be transported into the house where it is involved in the daily lives of the living.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition will surely be encountered as Jesus is presented to these people held in bondage to spiritual forces.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that the believers from nearby tribes will be led to tell the Gengle about Jesus, who he is and what he has provided for them. Pray they will be able to overcome tribal hostilities and barriers such as language differences.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There is probably not a single follower of Jesus within this small tribe. Pray the Lord will begin to give these people an interest in a Savior from their sin, and that he will give them a desire to find this Savior.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Gengle tribe will be completely delivered from fear of created things. Pray they will find truth: Jesus is Truth.

Text Source:   Joshua Project