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Mpoto, Nyasa in Tanzania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
86,000 Mpoto Christianity 70.00 % 13.00 % No   

Mpoto, Nyasa in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The WaMpoto derive their name from the name Mpoto which interpreted means north. This group is a branch of the Matengo which during the Ngoni invasion settled on the hills to the north of Songea. Their language is very close to that of the Matengo, perhaps due to their common origin. They lived in villages which were headed by chiefs ('jumbes').

During colonial times, these chiefs were appointed by the government. Farming is their main way of life, especially subsistence farming. They too had a communal social set up. Work was done communally. In former times, they worshipped spirits especially on gravesites. They were opposed to Christianity due to their entrenchment in this kind of worship. There are a few who still do it today though not openly. Present Christianity is nominal with the majority being Roman Catholics.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Ruvuma region: Mbinga district, southwest, Lake Nyasa northeast shore.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Mpoto, Nyasa
People Name General: Mpoto
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106843
Joshua Project People ID: 13846
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 86,000
Population all Countries: 86,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General: Mpoto
Ethnic Code: NAB57o
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mpoto (86,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mpa    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 13.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent35.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
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: 1913-2016
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Mpoto
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Mpoto, Nyasa in Tanzania

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    Bantu, Central-Tanzania     Africa, East and Southern    
      Mpoto Tanzania    
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