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Balanta, Mane in Guinea-Bissau

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
29,000 Balanta-Kentohe Islam 0.30 % 0.15 % No   

Balanta, Mane in Guinea-Bissau

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Introduction / History
About 20,000 Balanta live mainly in north Guinea-Bissau. They are related to other Balanta peoples and live side-by-side with them, but have been introduced to Islam by the Mandinkas. They have their own Balanta Mane language and do not speak the related Balanta Kentohe language. In the towns they would understand and speak Creole and maybe some Kentohe, but in the villages Balanta Mane is needed.

Where are they located?
They live in North Guinea-Bissau: Ingore, Bisabur, Barro, Bijene, South Senegal along the border with Guinea-Bissau.

What are their lives like?
They live a simple and poor lifestyle and raise cattle.

What are their beliefs?
The overwhelming majority practice folk Islam. In Bisabur, Barro and Bijene there are larger groups of Roman Catholics. In South Senegal there is a Balanta Mane church. A handful of mission agencies are working amongst them.

What are their needs?
They have no Scriptures or portions of scriptures in Balanta Mane.

Prayer Points
* Pray for those working amongst them to get a good grasp of the language and culture.
* Pray for anointed sharing of God's Word.
* Pray for the other Balanta believers to have a love, respect and readiness to share the Gospel with them

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Country: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Villages of Ingore, Barro and Bijena, and in other parts of the country
(Source: Field worker)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Balanta, Mane
People Name General: Balanta, Mane
ROP3 Code: 114616
Joshua Project People ID: 20067
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 29,000
Population all Countries: 29,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic
People Name General: Balanta, Mane
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe
Language Code (ISO): ble    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Mane
Dialect Code:1712
Secondary Languages:
Mandinka (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.30 %(Evangelical: 0.15 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.70 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian5.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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: 1980-2012
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe
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Balanta, Mane in Guinea-Bissau

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