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Ndam, Dam in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Ndam Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % No No   

Ndam, Dam in Chad

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Introduction / History
Ndam, or Dam is a language spoken only in Chad. There were no efforts to reduce this language into writing until the 21st century. Even now, it is very difficult to find people who can read this language.

Where are they located?
Ndam speakers live in southern Chad near the border with the Central African Republic.

What are their lives like?
Ndam speakers live in a dry land where they eke out a living through farming and herding. They live in simple homes built with natural materials.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Ndam people is animism, or ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. However, as Scriptures are translated into their language—and hopefully there will be audio scriptures as well—Ndam speakers will be able to hear the gospel in their own tongue.

What are their needs?
People who speak this language need literacy training. About the only things translated into Ndam are Bible portions from Genesis, Matthew, and possibly Ephesians.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Word of God will dramatically affect the hearts of Ndam speakers in Chad.
Pray for Christian radio broadcasts and the JESUS Film to become available in the Ndam language.
Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead members of this people group to the cross.
Pray for a disciple making movement among them that will transform their communities into the likeness of Christ.
* 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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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Tandjilé region: Tandjilé Est department, Lai subprefecture, northeast of Lai, and southeast of Bousso d’Béré; southern Chari-Baguirmi, northwest Moyen-Chari, and north Mandoul regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ndam, Dam
People Name General: Ndam
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107149
Joshua Project People ID: 13270
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 23,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Ndam
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ndam
Language Code (ISO): ndm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.08 %)
Ethnic Religions29.90 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam70.00 % 
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: 2001
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Ndam, Dam in Chad

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Ndam Chad    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Ndam  
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