Jahanka in Gambia

Largest Religion
Main Language
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The Jahanka have been Islamic holy men primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and the Gambia. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur'anic teaching in the villages. 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. Their Muslim tradition avoids the notion of jihad (holy war) in favor of pacifism. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all West Africa.

Ministry Obstacles

Pride in a person's knowledge often is a stumblingblock to simple faith in the finished work of Christ.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings exist in the language of the Jahanka. Pray for workers to take this resource to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There is an indication there are a few followers of Jesus among the Jahanka. Pray they will be instructed in God's Word, and will grow into mature disciples of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the religious Jahanka people will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) of the Qur'an, and will have a growing desire to find out more about this man. Pray this desire will be satisfied.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jahanka
People Name in Country Jahanka
Population in Gambia 4,500
World Population 111,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Alternate Names Diakhanke, Malinka, Malinke, Maninka
People ID 12311

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Enthologue Language Map

Primary Language: Jahanka (4,500 speakers)
Language Code: jad   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Jahanka (4,500 speakers)
Language Code: jad   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Jahanka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
22.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
18.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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