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Soninke in United States

Soninke

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,400 Soninke Islam 1.00 % 0.50 % No   

Soninke in United States

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Introduction / History
One of the first Soninke settlements was established in Ghana around A.D. 750. Because of persecution by the Berbers, the Soninke dispersed into small groups within the neighboring regions. The three main sub-groups of the Soninke are the Marka, Nono, and Azer. Often, these tribes are further broken into smaller clans that specialize in various crafts. Some of these groups eventually intermixed with the local Wolof, Serer, and Malinke tribes.

The Soninke live primarily along the Senegal River where it enters the western border of Mali in the Kayes, Yelimane, Nioro, and Nara regions. Other small tribes settled along the borders of Cote d'Ivoire coast and Burkina Faso. Due to influence by a large nomadic tribe known as the Fulani, the Soninke have become farmers and herdsmen.

Where are they located?
Starting around 2000, there has been an increase in the number of African migrants to the United States. They are most likely to live in Texas, New York, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts or Virginia. Those from Senegal like the Soninke live mostly in Harlem, Chicago, or New Jersey.

What are their lives like?
and certain needed skills. That goes for West Africans like the Soninke people.

As a general rule, when West Africans migrate to the US, they form their own ethnic specific neighborhoods. That way they only deal with people from their own language and culture. When their population is big enough, they form their own ethnic group specific mosque.

What are their beliefs?
Most of the Soninke in Mali are Sunni Muslims. The remainder are a mixture of various animistic religions (believe that non-human objects have spirits). Those who live in the US are likely to either become more traditional Muslims or become more secularized.

What are their needs?
The Soninke people, be they in West Africa or the US, need the opportunity to allow Jesus Christ to transform their lives. They have a much better chance of that happening in the US if believers make a point of reaching out to them.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will give the small number of Soninke believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to send forth more laborers to New York City to reach the Soninke people who live there.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the African diaspora in the US that will extend to Africa itself.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Mali through worship and intercession.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11774/NI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14996/ML
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/14/african-immigrant-population-in-u-s-steadily-climbs/

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Soninke
People Name General: Soninke
Alternate People Names:
AzerSarakole
SarawuléSerahuli
SererToubakai
ROP3 Code: 109413
Joshua Project People ID: 14996
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,400
Population all Countries: 2,706,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Soninke
People Name General: Soninke
Ethnic Code: NAB63j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Soninke (5,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(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 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: 2001-2012
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)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Soninke
Film / VideoGod's Way: 1. Introduction
Film / VideoGod's Way: 11. Allah's Way & the Prophet ...
Film / VideoGod's Way: 7. Musa & the Law
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Soninke
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
 
 
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Soninke in United States

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