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Surbakhal in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
20,000 Surbakhal Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % No No   

Surbakhal in Chad

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Introduction / History
Surbakhal is a language spoken in eastern Chad. It is the name for both a people group and a language.

Where are they located?
Surbakhal people live in Chad's Ouaddaï Region; specifically Assoungha department, Adré subprefecture, between Hadjer Hadid and Alacha. This area is in eastern Chad, close to the border with Sudan.

What are their lives like?
In the early 2000s there was fighting between Chad and Sudan in this general region, which affected all people groups. Though the fighting has stopped, the Ouaddaï Region is close to Darfur, where fighting can erupt at any time. This land where the Surbakhal people live is dry, so farmers and livestock herders alike have trouble making a living in this region.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Surbakhal people is Islam, a monotheistic religion built around the teachings of the Koran and of the prophet Mohammad. They also believe in numerous spirit beings which they believe have the power to bless or curse them on a daily basis.

What are their needs?
Believers can help the peoples in this region by helping them find water and dig wells.

Prayer Points
Pray for peace in the land where the Surbakhal people live.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Surbakhal people that will lead them to devoting their lives to Jesus.
Pray for believers to be able to go to the Surbakhal people and help them develop their land so it will be more productive.
Pray for a disciple making movement among this people group that will transform their communities.
* 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: 2019-02-21
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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ouaddaï region: Assoungha department, Adré subprefecture, between Hadjer Hadid and Alacha.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Surbakhal
People Name General: Surbakhal
ROP3 Code: 109619
Joshua Project People ID: 15129
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 20,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Ouaddai-Fur
People Name General: Surbakhal
Ethnic Code: NAB66z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Surbakhal (20,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sbj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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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Surbakhal in Chad

Global                 Global
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People Cluster
    Ouaddai-Fur     Africa, West and Central    
      Surbakhal Chad    
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      Islam     Surbakhal  
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