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Marfa in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
20,000 Marfa Islam 5.00 % 3.70 % No No   

Marfa in Chad

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Introduction / History
The Marfa are a Muslim people who live in the Ouaddai (Waddai) region of eastern Chad, where they live in numerous villages around the Marfa mountains from which they derive their name.

What are their lives like?
They share a similar culture to other Ouaddai people groups, such as the Karanga, Kashmere and Maba, but they have their own distinct language which distinguishes them from others.

Many of the Marfa work in millet fields around the villages in the rainy season (June to September) When the harvest is threshed many of the men head for larger cities and towns of Chad and farther afield to find work, while others work on gardens along the beds of the wadis. Wadis are dry river beds for most of the year, with ample water sources underground that are replenished during the rainy season.

What are their needs?
Their area in the Ouaddai is remote - around 150 kilometers from the major town of Abéché. With no medical facilities in the area, those who are seriously ill often die in their villages or on the way to hospital two to three days away by donkey or camel. Some medical work may be a key to living alongside the people of the Marfa community and sharing the Good News of Jesus in word and deed.

Prayer Points
Pray God will send laborers to this harvest field.
* 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.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-25
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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ouaddaï region: Ouara department, south of Abéché.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Marfa
People Name General: Marfa
ROP3 Code: 106324
Joshua Project People ID: 13537
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 20,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Ouaddai-Fur
People Name General: Marfa
Ethnic Code: NAB66z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marfa (20,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mvu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 3.70 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam90.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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]
None Reported
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Marfa in Chad

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Ouaddai-Fur     Africa, West and Central    
      Marfa Chad    
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            Marfa in Chad          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Marfa  
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