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Gourma in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
40,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.40 % No   

Gourma in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The lives and the history of the Gourma, or Gorma people does not stand out among the many peoples who inhabit West Africa. Yet unlike many of their neighbors, the Gourma people are in a state of spiritual transformation. They embrace traditional religion, but they will probably either wind up Islamic or Christian in the decades to come.

Where are they located?
The Gourma people live in northern Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, and northwestern Nigeria.

What are their lives like?
The Gourma people live in mud-brick houses that are formed in circles within their wooden fences. They live close to other people from their clans.

Most of them are farmers who grow millet and other grains. Others, however, are members of certain trades like weaving, basketry and blacksmithing. Gourma people often identify more with their trade than their ethnicity. Some also identify more with their religion than their ethnicity, which will make it difficult to draw people to Christ who identify with either Islam or traditional religion.

What are their beliefs?
Some are marginally Muslim, Christian, or follow traditional religion. In Burkina Faso, SIM International has worked with them for many years, and they have seen Gourma fellowships and churches emerge. The people as a whole, however, remain strongly tied to traditional practices including sun worship, and sacrifices to the spirits. Many Gourma people syncretize their traditional religion with Islam, believing in a powerful God who has no time for individuals.

What are their needs?
Like other people groups in rural West Africa, the Gourma people would greatly benefit from running potable water and electricity. They also need good schools that will prepare their children for the changes of the 21st century. On a spiritual level, there is a need for them to hear the gospel and have a chance to respond to it.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual openness among the Gourma people of Nigeria.
* Pray that their elders and clan leaders will decide to allow their people to follow Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among the Gourma people of West Africa.


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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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People Name in Country: Gourma
People Name General: Gourma
Alternate People Names:
Gourmancheba Gourmantche
ROP3 Code: 103587
Joshua Project People ID: 12004
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 40,000
Population all Countries: 1,556,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Gourma
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gourmanchema (40,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gux    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions53.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam42.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(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
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1947-2016
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2003-2005
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 RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gourmanchema
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Gourma in Nigeria

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    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Gourma Nigeria    
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