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Mandyak, Manjaco in Guinea-Bissau

Mandyak, Manjaco

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
232,000 Mandjak Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.84 % No   

Mandyak, Manjaco in Guinea-Bissau

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Introduction / History
The Mandya, Manjaco in Guinea-Bissau are best known as the Manjack people. Their name means, "I tell you."

Where are they located?
The Manjaco people mainly live in northwestern Guinea-Bissau, though others live in southern Senegal or the Gambia. Some have migrated to France, a country that once held their homeland as a colony.

What are their lives like?
They are a rural people who make their living by subsistence farming like most people in their part of West Africa.

What are their beliefs?
The Mandya, Manjaco people hold to traditional religion that centers around the spirits of their ancestors. They believe these ancestral spirits are selfish and vindictive, yet they have power to bring good or bad fortune. During their many rituals Manjacos have been known to demand that the ancestral spirits do them favors in return for the gifts and offerings they bring. They sometimes refer to these spirits as "workers" and the Manjacos are the "employers" who will only pay them with offerings if the spirits produce blessings.

The Manjaco people believe that funerals are essential to ensure that these spirits treat them well. Manjacos who move to cities will return to their rural homelands to participate in funeral rituals.

What are their needs?
The JESUS Film is available in the Manjaco language. Someone needs to go throughout the Manjaco homeland and show them this film about the life of Jesus Christ. Then they will have the chance to chose the Lord of lords or their capricious ancestral spirits.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a team of people to show the JESUS Film in Manjaco villages.
* Pray for the Manjaco people to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than fallen, wicked spirits.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Manjaco people.


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Country: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Cacheu region; Oio region north; Bafata region: Gamamundo sector.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mandyak, Manjaco
People Name General: Mandyak
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106236
Joshua Project People ID: 13493
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 232,000
Population all Countries: 425,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic
People Name General: Mandyak
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mandjak (232,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mfv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.84 %)
Ethnic Religions78.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam19.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant18.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian6.00 %
Roman Catholic56.00 %
(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: 1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Mandjak
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Mandyak, Manjaco in Guinea-Bissau

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People Cluster
    Atlantic     Africa, West and Central    
      Mandyak Guinea-Bissau    
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