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Benga in Gabon

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,700 Benga Christianity 92.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Benga in Gabon

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Introduction / History
The Benga people are a peaceful and friendly group of coastal fishermen, sailors and merchants. They are one of the 14 Ndowe people groups living along the coast of Equitorial Guinea. Their traditional home is Corisco island and Elobey Grande and the mouth of the mighty Rio Muni estuary and the south coast of EG.

Corisco island is a beautiful tropical paradise, famous for its snow white sand.

Presbyterian missionaries from the USA began work among the Benga in 1854. The New Testament was printed in 1893, followed by 18 books of the Old Testament between 1899 and 1902. Time and tropical humidity almost destroyed all existing copies. Revision and reprinting are desperately needed. The last missionary left Benga during WWII, in 1943, but the tiny Protestant church started by the missionaries still hangs on. For economic reasons the majority of the Benga have left Corisco island.

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Country: Gabon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Estuaire province: north of Libreville, along the coast, Cape Estérias.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Benga
People Name General: Benga
ROP3 Code: 101253
Joshua Project People ID: 10789
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,700
Population all Countries: 9,700
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Northwest
People Name General: Benga
Ethnic Code: NAB57k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Benga (2,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bng    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity92.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions8.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 1863
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Benga in Gabon

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People Cluster
    Bantu, Northwest     Africa, West and Central    
      Benga Gabon    
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            Benga in Gabon          
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      Christianity     Benga  
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