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Balanta, Ganja in Senegal

Balanta, Ganja

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
105,000 Balanta-Ganja Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.60 % No   

Balanta, Ganja in Senegal

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Introduction / History
The Balanta Ganja though mainly in Guinea Bissau are also in Senegal. Balanta means those who resist. They came to live in Southern Senegal in the 1800s.

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. They follow Islam and animism. They believe God is far away.

The Balanta play a type of lute called a Kusunde. They have marriage ceremonies. Fishing, cultivating and herding is the work they do. They grow crops such as rice and nuts with cashew nuts being their speciality. They raise cattle too.

The Balanta speak in Balanta and Kriol.

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

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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sedhiou region: south of Casamance river, between Goudomp and Tanaff, and south.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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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: Yes
Population in Country: 105,000
Population all Countries: 107,000
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 (105,000 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: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions84.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam11.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2019
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 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-Ganja
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Balanta, Ganja in Senegal

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      Balanta, Ganja Senegal    
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