Menka in Cameroon

Menka
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People Name: Menka
Country: Cameroon
10/40 Window: No
Population: 9,400
World Population: 9,400
Primary Language: Menka
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 74.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.50 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Menka people refer to themselves and their language as alternately Wando, Bando, or Mamwoh. Menka is the name used by outsiders and the name that they use to group themselves with the Ambele and Atong. They live in a remote, isolated region of Cameroon with many villages at least a half day hike to the nearest road out of the area. Their villages are situated along mountain slopes and valleys in a relatively thick rainforest. Travel is by foot on small paths between villages. Most people do not travel far. Those who leave the area for work or education seldom or never return.

Healthcare, education, and diet are poor. This area is slow to develop and modernize, and there is little opportunity for people to advance themselves beyond their traditional ways. There are no Mother Tongue Scriptures, the literacy rate is low, and their comprehension of English is minimal. Needs are great as the local churches provide a very weak foundation for teaching spiritual truths. Syncretism is extremely common. In-depth biblical training is a must for leaders and members alike. This is a hardship location and only very serious missionaries should consider working with these people. A spiritual hunger exists, though not all will recognize it.

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