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Nzebi in Gabon


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
217,000 Njebi Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 %   

Nzebi in Gabon

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Introduction / History
The majority of the Nzebi people live in small villages and towns spread across the forested lands of southern Gabon with a small population over the border in southwestern Congo (Brazza). Many, however, are found in the major urban centers of Gabon, especially in the capital, Libreville. The church was well established amongst the Nzebi beginning in the 1930s through the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Today, a congregation meets in nearly all Nzebi villages for worship and teaching.

Some still follow the traditional pagan religion, Mbuti, and especially in the villages there is much nominal Christianity with syncretism of Christian practice and traditional religion. Spiritual needs include the whole Bible in the vernacular, greater use of the vernacular as opposed to French in worship and preaching, and trained pastors and lay leadership for village churches.

They are primarily subsistence farmers who grow manioc, plantains, corn, yams, sugarcane, taro, peppers, oranges, pineapples, and bananas. Small cash crops include coffee, peanuts, palm oil, dried fish, and yams in local markets. The Nzebi also hunt and fish. They are adequately educated with a fairly high literacy rate in French. Gabon's stability, established through good leadership and rich oil reserves, has made electricity and clean water available to many in the cities, towns, and villages though some towns and villages are still without one or the other of these.

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Country: Gabon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Ogooué-Lolo and Ngounié provinces: west of Franceville, to Lebamba area; northeastward into Haut-Ogooué province as far as Okondja.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nzebi
People Name General: Nzebi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107575
Joshua Project People ID: 14109
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 217,000
Population all Countries: 243,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Northwest
People Name General: Nzebi
Ethnic Code: NAB57k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Njebi (217,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nzb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity72.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions16.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam9.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 1958-1959
New Testament:
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Njebi
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Nzebi in Gabon

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      Nzebi Gabon    
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