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Temi in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
53,000 Temi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Temi in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Sonjo call themselves Temi. The Sonjo are a traditional people who live in the midst of a Maasai region in the northwest corner of Tanzania. Like the Maasai, the Sonjo continue to hold on to traditional beliefs, customs, and lifestyle. They still build their round one-room houses of sticks with thatch roofs. The people continue to wear "shukas," colored cloth worn in a toga style, much like the Maasai. The term Sonjo is a term given to the people by the Maasai. Group members prefer to call themselves Batemi people. They speak 'Sonjo' a Bantu language referred to as Kitemi or Batemi.

They maintain a warrior class consisting of young men who have gone through the rites of passage. In the past the Sonjo people have been known for their conflict with the Maasai, though at present there appears to be peace. Some villages, nevertheless, still boast an impressive gate which previously connected a protective wall around the inner village to protect them from the Maasai.

Although Christianity had reached into the villages of the Sonjo, the overall response has been very slow and in some cases hostile. Their traditional religion is strong, and its adherents have focused efforts to frighten young Christians back into traditional beliefs. Nonetheless, their culture does have a door through which Christianity may enter: they believe that their god once lived among them and has promised to return.

Where are they located?
The Sonjo people live in area 30 – 40 miles west of Lake Natron, in Northern eastern Tanzania.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Sonjo people are responsive to water projects.
* Pray The Lord give them a heart of possession to take care of the purifiers and to understand the importance of drinking clean and safe water.
* 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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-19
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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Arusha region: Ngorongoro district, north central near Kenya border, Maasai area. 7 villages: Sale, Mdito, Samunga, Digodigo, Kisangiro, Mugholo, Oldonyo Sambu.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Temi
People Name General: Temi
Alternate People Names:
Batemi Sonjo
ROP3 Code: 109415
Joshua Project People ID: 14997
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 53,000
Population all Countries: 53,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General: Temi
Ethnic Code: NAB57d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Temi (53,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): soz    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Sonjo
Dialect Code:1040
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
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: 2007-2012
New Testament: None Reported
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)
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Temi in Tanzania

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