The existence of the Zirenkel people as a distinct language group was only recently discovered by outsiders. Though their language and the larger Mubi language to the east have many similar words, the Zirenkel cannot understand Mubi. Many are bilingual however in Chadian Arabic, Dadju or Dangaleat. Ancestors of the Zirenkel speakers of the Mongo area of Central Chad were originally Mubi from the Mangalmé area, around 150km to the east. At some point they moved west and the Dadju gave the land for three villages: Dambiro, Nikel and Sirbodom between the Dadjo and Dangaleat areas.
The Zirenkel live a similar subsistence agricultural lifestyle to other peoples of the Guera, intermarrying with Dadju and Dangaleat and others.
They are entirely Muslim.
The Zirenkel people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.
Pray that the Zirenkel people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.
Scripture Prayers for the Zirenkel in Chad.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Zirenkel|
|People Name in Country||Zirenkel|
|Population this Country||7,300|
|Population all Countries||7,300|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Guéra region: Mongo subprefecture, Canton Dadjo I, Dambiro, Sirbodom, and Nikel villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Zerenkel (7,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||zrn Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||19370 Global Recordings Listing|