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Bandial in Senegal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Bandial Islam 6.00 % 1.00 %   

Bandial in Senegal

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Introduction / History
"It's doomed to disappear!" People are saying this about the Bandial language. Various organizations are fighting to keep tribal languages alive, believing valuable cultures will disappear with the languages. French is Senegal's official language, although people in this West African country speak 35 other languages.

Bandial children often start school with no knowledge of French, and many find learning so difficult they stop trying. Some parents are trying to switch over to French, so that their children will have a better chance in school. Yet, school officials say children who read in their own language show amazing progress. This "coin" has two sides.

This situation may open the door to the gospel, since Christian literacy programs use the Bible to help people learn to read in the French language. Most of the minor language groups do not have a Bible translated into their mother tongue. Fortunately, Wycliffe is translating for five minor languages, including Bandial.

Bandial people used to farm and were satisfied to speak Bandial. Now large numbers have moved to cities where they are learning new languages and new ways of living. More than nine of every ten Bandial people follow Islam. Perhaps these changing times will cause Bandial Muslims to consider Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will send followers of Christ to share the gospel in a way the Bandial people understand.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften hearts and prepare them to receive seeds of gospel truth.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-11
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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Affiniam, Badiate-Grand, Bandial, Batinier, Brin, Elubalir, Enampor, Essil, Etama, Kamobeul, and Seleky villages on a peninsula bounded by the Casamance river north, the Komobeul Bôlon river west, Ziguinchor-Oussouye road south, and Brin-Nyassia road east. The only village north of the Casamance River is Affiniam.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bandial
People Name General: Bandial
ROP3 Code: 100968
Joshua Project People ID: 10644
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic-Jola
People Name General: Bandial
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bandial (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bqj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity6.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam69.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
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: 2006
New Testament:
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bandial
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterBible: bqj The Bible in Bandial
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Bandial in Senegal

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People Cluster
    Atlantic-Jola     Africa, West and Central    
      Bandial Senegal    
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            Bandial in Senegal          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Bandial  
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