Embu-Mbeere of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 1,100

ROP3 Code: 102911
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Bantu, Gikuyu-Kamba
Language: Embu - (ebu)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Kenya

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  Garland, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Embu-Mbeere, a Bantu people from Kenya, were historically referred to as the Embu. The Embu inhabited the Embu county and the Mbeere inhabited the lower reaches of the Embu county in Kenya. The Meru people border the Embu-Mbeere to the east.

The Embu-Mbeere are closely related to their neighbors, the Kikuyu.

Their language consists of two related and similar dialects: Kiembu spoken by the Embu, and Kimbeere spoken by the Mbeere.

Oral history indicates that the two tribes were originally one Embu tribe. The Mbeere split from the Embu after an inter-clan war which the Embu clan won. After the victory, the Embu pushed the Mbeere to the drier and less fertile Kiangombe hills south of the Embu region. Despite this split, the two tribes co-existed peacefully.

The Embu-Mbeere first encountered Christianity around the same time the British jurisdiction was established in 1906. Today the majority of Embu-Mbeere are Roman Catholic.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will reveal to Embu-Mbeere that grace is a free gift from God and not something that we earn or do.
  • Pray that messengers of the gospel will clearly explain the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesGarlandDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100