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Bambara in France


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
130,000 Bamanankan Islam 3.00 % 0.10 %   

Bambara in France

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Introduction / History
The Bambara are among the most powerful, influential, and populous people groups in Mali. They speak Bamana, which is one of the Manding languages. Bamana is widely spoken in Mali, especially in the realm of business and commerce. It is related to the Bantu language, which includes Swahili and Zulu. They often speak French as well, which is very helpful for those who have moved to France.

During the 1700s, there were two Bambara kingdoms: Segu and Karta. In the 1800s, militant Muslim groups overthrew these kingdoms, leaving only a few anti-Muslim Bambara warlords to resist their occupation. This lasted 40 years, until the arrival of the French colonialists. A very small number of the Bambara had converted to Islam by 1912. After World War II, the number of Muslim converts grew due to their resistance to the French and their exposure to Muslim merchants. Today, the Bambara are mostly Muslim, and those who have migrated to France are no exception.

Where are they located?
Like other African migrants, the Bambaras live in cramped apartments in cities like Paris and Marseilles.

What are their lives like?
The Bambaras usually come to France illegally; for that reason, they are blamed for causing a higher crime rate and many of the French want them deported. Though the Bambaras in France usually earn small incomes by French standards, they use some of their earnings to help build up the infrastructures in their home villages in Mali.

On a social level, the African Muslim peoples in France tend to come together for social and religious events. The mosques are social as well as religious centers.

What are their beliefs?
The Bambara people are Sunni Muslim, but they mix a liberal amount of pre-Islamic beliefs with Islam. There is also the pressure to become more secularized in France, where secular humanism is one step away from being the state religion.

What are their needs?
Several mission agencies are currently focusing on the Bambara in Africa, and some progress has been made. Bambara people in France are living among other Africans. They need more workers to be thrust out to reach them for Christ in this secularized environment. Prayer is the key to tearing down the remaining strongholds that are keeping them from knowing the Savior.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of France through intercession.
* Pray for the effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Bambara people both in Africa and France.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in the hearts of the Bambara believers through adequate discipleship.
* Pray that God will give the Bambara believers boldness to share the love of Jesus with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the West African Muslims in France.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-04-16
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Country: France
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Bambara
People Name General: Bambara
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100925
Joshua Project People ID: 10617
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 130,000
Population all Countries: 6,375,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke-Bambara
People Name General: Bambara
Ethnic Code: NAB63a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bamanankan (130,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bam    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Bambara
Dialect Code:10
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions7.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam90.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1923-1942
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1961-1996
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bamanankan
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bambara in France

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People Cluster
    Malinke-Bambara     Europe, Western    
      Bambara France    
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