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Wolof in Italy

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
81,000 Wolof Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Wolof in Italy

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Introduction / History
Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof people conquered many tribes in the northwestern Senegal area. By the end of the 1300s, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500s the empire had split into four major Wolof kingdoms.

The French expanded into Senegal during the 1800s, making it a colony of French West Africa. In 1946, the Wolof of Senegal were awarded French citizenship, and today, many Wolof have their homes in France, though a smaller number have migrated to Italy. European influences are still a part of Wolof culture, which are seen in village and social customs.

Where are they located?
The Wolof are a large ethnic group. Most of the Wolof people are located in the West African countries of Senegal and Gambia. In recent years, however, the expansion of peanut cultivation and an acceleration towards urbanization has motivated many of the Wolof to spread out into Cote d'Ivoire and Mali. There they hoped to make use of the land and find better jobs in the cities. Some have made their way to Europe. Those who live in Italy are most likely to be found in Rome.

What are their lives like?
The Wolof people are probably not prepared to enter the workforce in the high-tech urban environment of Italy.

What are their beliefs?
The Wolof people frequently follow Sufi traditions. The Sufis are a mystical sector of Islam that incorporates much more demonstrations of emotions than other Islamic traditions. They are sometimes admired and other times derided by other Muslims. In Africa there are many Sufi brotherhoods for the Wolof people. To some degree, these Sufi brotherhoods have followed them to Europe.

What are their needs?
The Wolof have been closed to Christianity for many years. Today, most of the Wolof groups have a number of Christian resources available to them, and mission agencies have focused on each of the groups. Sadly, however, very few of the Wolof people follow the Lord, be they in Africa or Europe. There is a great need for laborers who are sensitive to the Muslim cultures to work among the Wolof and to share Christ's love.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the translation of the Old Testament into Wolof.
* Pray for effectiveness of the JESUS Film, radio, and other evangelistic tools among the Wolof people.
* Pray that the Wolof people living in Italy would come to know God and return as spiritual leaders for their people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among Wolof communities in Italy.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies focusing on the Wolof.
* Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.

References
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/wolof-people-in-italy/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15414/IT
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15414/Sg
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42327
http://www.sim.org/index.php/content/wolof-bible-accessible-like-never-before
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pygOYTTHQPs

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Country: Italy
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Wolof
People Name General: Wolof
Alternate People Names:
GambianGambian Wolof
Lebu
ROP3 Code: 110856
Joshua Project People ID: 15414
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 81,000
Population all Countries: 6,633,000
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
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Wolof (81,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wol    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1873-1997
New Testament:
1988-2010
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Scales of God
 
 
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Wolof in Italy

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