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Banda-Bambari, Linda in Central African Republic

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
250,000 Banda-Bambari Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % No   

Banda-Bambari, Linda in Central African Republic

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Introduction / History
The Banda-Bambari or Banda-Linda as they are also called are situated in the center of the Central African Republic (CAR) right in the center of this huge continent which is large enough to encompass three times the area of the United States including Alaska.

"If someone becomes rich, he will certainly die!" This is a common belief among the Banda-Linda people of the CAR. Perhaps it is a justification for the bitter poverty they endure despite discovery of gold in their area. Most income generating activities are controlled by outsiders who come to set up trade in the area.

Ancestors of the Banda-Linda came to CAR from Sudan. Today their descendants survive by raising small gardens to feed their families. Most people plant manioc, peanuts and corn. They also raise goats and poultry. If they have more than their families need, farmers sell the surplus which enables them to purchase other goods.

What are their beliefs?
Missionaries introduced the Banda-Linda to Christ in the 1920s. Today, about one-quarter of the population claims faith in Christ. Unfortunately, more than half of those who claim Christianity simply add that profession to well-established African traditional beliefs which include practices counter to God's Word. Committed Christians, however, seek reconciliation rather than retribution through revenge or ritualistic practices. They also avoid using fetishes to protect their fields, trusting God will provide for their needs. Another major religion, Islam, is strong in the Banda-Linda region, attracting about 75 percent of the population. The followers have little understanding of what they espouse; most combine that major religion with long-standing traditional practices.

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Country: Central African Republic
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:21 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Ouaka prefecture: Bambari, Ippy, Grimari, and Bakala subprefectures; Basse-Kotto prefecture: Alindao and Mingala subprefectures; Haute-Kotto prefecture: Bria subprefecture.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Banda-Bambari, Linda
People Name General: Banda-Bambari, Linda
Alternate People Names:
Bamba BambariBanda-Bambari
ROP3 Code: 100955
Joshua Project People ID: 10639
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 250,000
Population all Countries: 250,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Banda-Bambari, Linda
Ethnic Code: NAB66b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Banda-Bambari
Language Code (ISO): liy    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam75.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian19.00 %
Roman Catholic36.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Banda-Bambari
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Banda-Bambari, Linda in Central African Republic

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    Adamawa-Ubangi     Africa, West and Central    
      Banda-Bambari, Linda Central African Republic    
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