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Esimbi in Cameroon


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
27,000 Esimbi Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Esimbi in Cameroon

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Introduction / History
The Esimbi homeland is an isolated pocket of villages and hamlets. Hilly terrain, a single rugged dirt road, and narrow footpaths make travel challenging. The Esimbi are the last people on the road to Nigeria. Due largely to the remoteness of the area, they are often looked down on by other Cameroonians.

What are their lives like?
Their livelihood is farming by hand; peanuts are a cash crop. Families fight for survival. Malnutrition is common due to insufficient protein supplies and a high starch diet. Theirs is a very hospitable society where people place a high value on harmonious relationships.

What are their beliefs?
Traditionally the people are animistic, and fear is the major, unifying control element of society. Christianity is a relatively new influence, introduced in the last half of the twentieth century. Traditionally, the Esimbi believe in the existence of God, but ultimately they do not think that he will better their individual lives. Instead they believe that it is their dead ancestors from whom they must seek assistance for their material needs, and they do this constantly. They believe that the powers of the spirit world are more predictable than earthly powers, and that failure to perform specific rituals of appeasement may result in dire consequences.

Traditional religion is often mixed with Christianity. This syncretism is very acceptable to many Esimbi. Nominalism is widespread among churchgoers.

What are their needs?
The Esimbi need their fears to be replaced with a firm belief in God's superiority, resulting in a strong trust in God. They need assurance that God is in complete control of everything that even remotely affects or influences them. They must be convinced that the power of Jesus is stronger than their fears.

The Esimbi struggle to understand many of the foreign words and concepts in the English Bible. An Esimbi Bible translation will personalize God's priceless message to Esimbi men, women, boys and girls.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will impress on the Esimbi his ability to completely protect them so that they might truly trust him and walk in his freedom.
* Earnestly ask God to break the strong bonds of witchcraft.
* Pray that he will give church leaders wisdom to transition believers away from ungodly thought patterns and lifestyles.
* Pray that his special favor will prosper the Bible translation, giving meaningful clarity to his message, saving souls, and maturing and empowering believers.
* Esimbi pastors and their families face special challenges
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

Profile text source:
"Esimbi and African Tribal Peoples Prayer Guide," Copyright 2010 by Pioneers

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Country: Cameroon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North West region: Menchum division, Menchum Valley subdivision, from Benakuma into Nigeria.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Esimbi
People Name General: Esimbi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100105
Joshua Project People ID: 10174
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 27,000
Population all Countries: 27,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General: Esimbi
Ethnic Code: NAB57a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Esimbi (27,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ags    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions75.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2007
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Esimbi in Cameroon

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    Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke     Africa, West and Central    
      Esimbi Cameroon    
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