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Bideyat, Beri in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,900 Zaghawa Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Bideyat, Beri in Chad

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Introduction / History
The Bideyat and the Zaghawa are names given by the Arabs but they call themselves the 'Béri '. The Bideyat could be described as northern Béri, and the Zaghawa as southern Béri. The Béri are also numerous in Sudan.

In times past there was a great Béri Kingdom. In the twelfth century they are believed to have occupied most of Chad between Chari and Fezzan, between Kawar and DarFur.

What are their lives like?
Herds of cattle and camels are a very important part of the Béri culture. Cattle and other animals from their herds are traditionally part of the 'bride price '. The Bideyat are more associated with nomadic camel herding and the Zaghawa associated with cattle as sedentary stock producers.

The Béri live in a very delicate ecological situation, where the Sahara is encroaching on the Sahelian grasslands where they have lived for several centuries. Low rainfall is having a great impact on the Béri, who depend on the rains not only for the crops they raise, but most of all for the precious water resources for their herds. Lack of rain has caused whole villages to move elsewhere, and many have gone to live in urban areas like Abéché and Ndjamena.

What are their beliefs?
When Islam came to the Béri from the seventeenth century onwards, many were less than responsive to Islam because of their strong ancient belief system, and some pre-Islamic rituals survive until this day. Even though increasingly more of the Béri tribes have abandoned the traditional religious beliefs passed on by their ancestors, now most of the Béri claim to be Muslims. Only some of the elderly are observing traditional religious practices.

What are their needs?
Not only do they live in a dry area physically, but spiritually, they are still waiting for the Spirit of God to birth life in Jesus Christ amongst them.

Prayer Points
No one has made any specific effort to reach the Béri tribes with the Good News. Pray that they will hear soon.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Wadi Fira region: Kobé department, Iriba subprefecture; Borkou-Ennedi-Tibesti region: Ennedi Est and Ennedi Ouest departments.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bideyat, Beri
People Name General: Bideyat
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101416
Joshua Project People ID: 10833
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,900
Population all Countries: 23,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General: Bideyat
Ethnic Code: NAB61
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zaghawa (9,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): zag    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Bideyat, Beri in Chad

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People Cluster
    Kanuri-Saharan     Africa, West and Central    
      Bideyat Chad    
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      Islam     Zaghawa  
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