Nielim, Mjillem in Chad

Nielim, Mjillem
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People Name: Nielim, Mjillem
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 18,000
World Population: 18,000
Primary Language: Niellim
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.30 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
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Introduction / History

There is probably no written history of the Nielim people. Like the people groups around them, they have always made their living through agriculture and by raising livestock.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Near the river, the familiar scene is played again. Into the village march dozens of young boys wearing lion skins around their waists and hiding their faces behind bent arms. They've completed the survival test in the wilderness and learned about contact with the spirit world. Now, all the men of the village gather around, and the boys begin to dance. It is a sign of transition, as they pass from childhood into adulthood. Once they have completed this process, they each return home and receive a new name. The initiation is now complete. This festival is repeated once every ten years in Nielim villages as boys learn the message of their fathers' tribal religion.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The people of Nielim villages are open to experimenting with different religions, even Christianity. The problem lies in the fact that they do not commit to a spiritual direction. They do not understand how essential it is to put all their faith in the one true savior. Instead, they adhere to traditional religious practices. Their faith is in the spirit world, not the one who came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

What Are Their Needs?

The Nielim people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers their community in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

Please pray that God would raise up Christ followers who would be willing not only to share the gospel with the Nielim, but also to exemplify the commitment that the Lord desires.
Pray for the Nielim people to have the desire for spiritual nourishment that will only come from the Bible.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Nielim people of Chad.
Pray for the Lord to bless them materially and spiritually as a testimony of his power and goodness.

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