Zirenkel in Chad

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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Zirenkel
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,300
World Population: 7,300
Primary Language: Zerenkel
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Chadic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The existence of the Zirenkel people as a distinct language group was only recently discovered by outsiders. Though their language and the larger Mubi language to the east have many similar words, the Zirenkel cannot understand Mubi. Many are bilingual however in Chadian Arabic, Dadju or Dangaleat. Ancestors of the Zirenkel speakers of the Mongo area of Central Chad were originally Mubi from the Mangalmé area, around 150km to the east. At some point they moved west and the Dadju gave the land for three villages: Dambiro, Nikel and Sirbodom between the Dadjo and Dangaleat areas.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Zirenkel live a similar subsistence agricultural lifestyle to other peoples of the Guera, intermarrying with Dadju and Dangaleat and others.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are entirely Muslim.

What Are Their Needs?

The Zirenkel people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Zirenkel people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.

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