Kimre in Chad

The Kimre have only been reported in Chad
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Introduction / History

The Gabri (Gabri-Kimre) live in the Tandjile East District in the south of Chad. Of their 17 villages the most important ones are Kimre (administrative centre), Mode, Bordo, Massa, Mare and Dele. Some people have also moved to N'Djamena (the capital) and to other towns in Chad. There is a dispensary and a small airstrip in Kimre. The schools in Kimre, Mode and Bordo offer full primary education, whereas the other 13 mostly community schools just run some classes, depending on how much time they can get from teachers or teaching-assistants.

Most Gabri are farmers, cultivating millet, peanuts, beans, cotton and in some areas, rice. They raise small animals and wealthier people have cattle mainly for working their fields. Neighbouring people groups are the Sumray, Darbe, Gulay, Ndam, Ngam and Mutu with which they nowadays have good relationships. But there is no language in the area closely related enough for them to understand each other. Many people in the language area do not speak any other language, or speak only to a level needed for marketing. In church services the Bible is usually read in Ngambay or French. Sometimes the sermons are also preached in Ngambay, and translated into Kimre, since most people do not understand Ngambay well enough. Pastors are trained in French or Ngambay.

In the 1970s Kabam Andre, pastor of local churches in the Kimre area, started a language committee, which did the first translations of hymns into Kimre. A literacy project started in 1994, after a writing system had been established. Literacy teaching has continued through the years. Bible translation began in late 1994. The first draft of the NT was completed in February 2001. There are now preliminary editions of Mark's Gospel, Ephesians, Philippians, James, Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-2 Peter in circulation. The translation team hopes to have the whole New Testament printed by 2008.

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Scripture Prayers for the Kimre in Chad.

Profile Source:   Amos & Heather Oumounabidji  
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People Name General Kimre
People Name in Country Kimre
Alternate Names Gabri-Kimre
Population this Country 42,000
Population all Countries 42,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12694
ROP3 Code 105011
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tandjilé region: Tandjile Est department, east of Laï.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tandjilé region: Tandjile Est department, east of Laï..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 38.00 %)
59.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kimre (42,000 speakers)
Language Code kqp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kimre (42,000 speakers)
Language Code kqp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kimre

Primary Language:  Kimre

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2007-2012)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kimre YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Nigel Coates 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Amos & Heather Oumounabidji  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.