Marenje in Mozambique

The Marenje have only been reported in Mozambique
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Marenje are mainly an agricultural people. Since they live near the border to Malawi, where produce brings a good price, they take their goods there by bicycle.

Many of the Marenje first heard the gospel when they were refugees in Malawi during the war in Mozambique (1980s). There are many small churches, but because of lack of literacy and pastors or others who themselves are mature disciples there is little depth.

The language is under severe stress. Fewer and fewer children are learning it, the people preferring Chichewa (Nyanja) or to a much lesser extent Portuguese. With no literature in the language, there are no known churches tthat use Marenje in their services. Most use Chichewa. Milange and Tengua is the Marenje heartland, but since this area is close to the border with Malawi and the fact most fled to Malawi during the long civil war Chichewa has greater value and the churches use Chichewa or Portuguese so as to not exclude anyone.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of Marenje are Roman Catholic since there is a large Catholic mission there that started in the 1940s.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Marenje in Mozambique.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Marenje
People Name in Country Marenje
Alternate Names Marendje
Population this Country 795,000
Population all Countries 795,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 19026
ROP3 Code 106322
ROP25 Code 305204
ROP25 Name Marendje
Country Mozambique
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Zambezia province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mozambique
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Zambezia province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Marenje
Language Code vmr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Portuguese
Primary Language Marenje
Language Code vmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Portuguese
People Groups Speaking Marenje

Primary Language:  Marenje

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
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