Gungu in Uganda

Photo Source:  Kiiza Wilson-Bugungu Heritage and Information Centre 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Gungu
Country: Uganda
10/40 Window: No
Population: 114,000
World Population: 114,000
Primary Language: Gungu
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 85.00 %
Evangelicals: 7.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Bagungu are one of the smaller language groups in Uganda. Traditionally fishermen and pastoralists, they live on the shores of Lake Albert in the bottom of the Great Rift Valley where it is hot and dry. Most people live in mud houses with a grass roof and they keep cattle with the larger herds indicating wealth. Polygamy is common and the people are very poor.

Many years ago missionaries brought the gospel and about four denominations have churches in the area. Unfortunately very few attend church, and even though the people call themselves "Christians" only a few are believers and traditional religion which binds the people in fear is still very real. The Bagungu have been marginalized by the surrounding Runyoro people and very little development has occurred in the area. Although there are schools, the attendance rates are low and literacy, health care, sanitation and accessible water are real needs. Greater than these though, is the need for the gospel of Jesus Christ to come in power and relevance to these people.

Text Source:   Anonymous