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Bum in Cameroon

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
36,000 Bum Christianity 74.00 % 20.00 %   

Bum in Cameroon

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Introduction / History
The Bum People live in the mountains in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The Bum trace their history back to the Tikar people. They consistently describe themselves as a people who live in peace, are hardworking, loving of themselves and strangers, and a people without hunger. The Bum people are unified and have no history of tribal or inter-tribal wars or conflicts. They are proud to be Bum and proud of their language. Clans are governed by "Fons" (Chiefs) under a Fon of all Bum. A major natural disaster struck the Bum people in August 1986 when an explosion of natural gas from a lake located in the mountains killed many people and livestock.

The Bum homeland is said to be the first place among the Grassfields Region where a man called Mamadou planted an evangelical church in 1880. Despite this long history of Christian Witness, the Bible has never been translated into the Bum language.

Bum Proverb: Only an orphan understands the trouble of an orphan. The proverb means that if one person has experienced a particular difficulty, then he can understand the person who is currently experiencing that same kind of difficulty.

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Country: Cameroon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North West region: Boyo division, Bum subdivision, mainly Fonfuka village.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bum
People Name General: Bum
ROP3 Code: 101734
Joshua Project People ID: 11009
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 36,000
Population all Countries: 36,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General: Bum
Ethnic Code: NAB57a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bum (36,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bmv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity74.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions26.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent3.00 %
Protestant62.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian30.00 %
Roman Catholic5.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2008
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bum
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Bum in Cameroon

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      Bum Cameroon    
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