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Wolof in Belgium


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Wolof Islam 4.00 % 2.00 %   

Wolof in Belgium

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Introduction / History
The Wolof are the dominant people group in Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa. Senegal was a French colony before their independence in 1960. Most Africans in Belgium came from former Belgian colonies, but a small number from Senegal and other former French colonies now live in Belgium as well. People of African descent are rare in Belgium.

Where are they located?
The Wolof in Belgium live mainly in Brussels. That is also the location of Senegal's embassy.

What are their lives like?
There is a disproportionate number of homosexuals among the Senegalese who flee to Belgium for asylum. Homosexuality carries a strong stigma throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and some gays must flee to avoid persecution. Belgium allows some of these refuge in their country, though not as many as are reported in the African press.

Since most of the Wolof speak French as a trade language, they are more employable than Africans who speak a different language.

What are their beliefs?
Islam was introduced to the Wolof people in 1040, probably because of Muslim traders.

The Wolof are attracted to the Sufi form of Islam more than other Muslim peoples. Sufism is much more mystical and "emotional" than other forms of Islam. In Senegal, about 92 percent of the people belong to a Sufi brotherhood, also called tariqas. The Wolof who have migrated to Belgium are probably less dedicated to these brotherhoods, but they are still part of their identity as a people.

What are their needs?
No matter where they live, the Wolof people remain largely untouched by the gospel. There are many Christian resources available for them, but very few who are willing to go to this harvest field. They can be reached for Christ in Africa, but it would be much easier to reach them in Europe.

Prayer Points
Pray for dedicated workers who are willing to spend years trying to win and equip Wolof people to be disciples in Christ's Kingdom.
Pray for a Wolof based church planting movement to begin in Belgium.
Pray for the Wolof people to have easy access to gospel materials.


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Country: Belgium
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Wolof
People Name General: Wolof
Alternate People Names:
GambianGambian Wolof
ROP3 Code: 110856
Joshua Project People ID: 15414
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 6,612,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic-Wolof
People Name General: Wolof
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wolof (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wol    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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: 1873-1997
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Wolof
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Wolof in Belgium

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People Cluster
    Atlantic-Wolof     Europe, Western    
      Wolof Belgium    
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            Wolof in Belgium          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Wolof  
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