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Jahanka in Guinea-Bissau


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,700 Jahanka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % No No   

Jahanka in Guinea-Bissau

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Introduction / History
The Jahanka are a mysterious people group, including Islamic holy men. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Koranic teaching in the villages. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all of West Africa.

Where are they located?
They are primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and the Gambia, though a smaller number live in Guinea-Bissau.

What are their lives like?
Often the clerics also maintain farms which are cultivated by young boys who receive education in the Qur'an in exchange for their labor. However, when they lost their slaves in this century, they had to devote more time to farming and less time to religious studies.

What are their beliefs?
Their Muslim tradition avoids the notion of jihad (holy war) in favor of pacifism.

What are their needs?
The Jahanka people need open hearts and the chance to hear that there is but one savior, the man Jesus Christ, who cannot be replaced by rituals.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Jahanka people in Guinea-Bissau will use their talents and abilities to teach and disciple others in the ways of Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit will come to them in such a mighty way that they will put aside anything that can get in the way of true righteousness.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Gabu and Tombali regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jahanka
People Name General: Jahanka
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104152
Joshua Project People ID: 12311
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 9,700
Population all Countries: 120,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke
People Name General: Jahanka
Ethnic Code: NAB63c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Jahanka (9,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jad    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Jahanka in Guinea-Bissau

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People Cluster
    Malinke     Africa, West and Central    
      Jahanka Guinea-Bissau    
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            Jahanka in Guinea-Bissau          
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      Islam     Jahanka  
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