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Balanta, Ganja in Guinea-Bissau

Balanta, Ganja

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Balanta-Ganja Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % No   

Balanta, Ganja in Guinea-Bissau

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Introduction / History
Balanta means those who resist. Ganja is one of the Balanta dialects. They came to live in Southern Senegal in the 1800s, though some now live in Guinea-Bissau.

Where are they located?
People who speak the Ganja Balanta language live either in Guinea-Bissau or Senegal.

What are their lives like?
The Balanta have a council of elders who make big decisions. A person has to take part in an initiation ceremony to become an elder. The Balanta play a type of lute called a Kusunde. They are usually fishermen, farmers or cattle herders. They grow crops such as rice and nuts with cashews being their main crop.

What are their beliefs?
The Balanta people, be they in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau, have their own ethnic religion. This involves worshipping and appeasing spirits and spiritual forces that are at war with the Lord. They believe God is far away. Some are marginally Muslim.

What are their needs?
Like most people in this part of the world, Balanta speakers in Guinea-Bissau need running potable water and electricity.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Balanta council of elders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray for believers to go to them with the JESUS Film and tools for discipling them in the ways of Christ.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Country: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
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People Name in Country: Balanta, Ganja
People Name General: Balanta, Ganja
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ROP3 Code: 103209
Joshua Project People ID: 11819
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 104,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic
People Name General: Balanta, Ganja
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Balanta-Ganja (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bjt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions82.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam13.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian10.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(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: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
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 Balanta-Ganja
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Balanta, Ganja in Guinea-Bissau

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People Cluster
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      Balanta, Ganja Guinea-Bissau    
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