Kanembu in Chad

Photo Source:  James Lane 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kanembu
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 916,000
World Population: 953,200
Primary Language: Kanembu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.01 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


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 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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

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.

Pray for the Entire People Group

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.

Text Source:   Keith Carey