Kanembu in Chad

Unreached of the Day  10/16/2021

Kanembu in Chad

pronounced: kuh-NEM-boo

Up until the 1200s, the Kanembu were the most powerful people group south of the Sahara. However, their empire rapidly declined during the 1500s. Today rich natron (a mineral salt) deposits are scattered across more than 30,000 acres of Chad. They are found in salt mines, most of which the Kanembu people own. While most of the Kanembu are farmers, many earn a living by mining the natron. The Kanembu live in the desert region of northwestern Chad. Vegetation is seasonal, since the area receives less than 12 inches of rain per year.

Ministry Obstacles

The people speak Kanembu, a Kanuri language that has various dialects. It is not yet a written language, and those who are literate read and write Arabic, which is taught in their Islamic schools.

Outreach Ideas

Believers can use Global Recordings Network (GRN) recordings in the Kanembu language to help them to understand what Jesus did for them.

Scripture Focus

"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."  Acts 17:30-31

Scripture Prayer

Pray for today’s people group to repent of their sins and to believe in the God of the Bible.

Prayer Focus

Pray that the few Kanembu believers will allow the light of the Holy Spirit to shine through them in such a way that others will be drawn to their Savior. * Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Chad and share Christ with the Kanembu. * Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kanembu towards Christ so that they will be receptive to His teachings. * Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will plant other churches among the Kanembu.



People Name Kanembu
Pronunciationkuh-NEM-boo
Country Chad
10/40 Window Yes
Population 890,000
World Population 926,200
Language Kanembu
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image