Jahanka in Mali






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Jahanka are a mysterious people group, including Islamic holy men. As holy men (Muslim clerics), they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur'anic teaching in the villages. Because of their desire for religious piety they often remove themselves from secularized society and live in rural villages. Families will send their boys off to Jahanka villages to attend Islamic schools run by the Jahanka. Those who do not function as holy men make their living by subsistence farming.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition will be present when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented to the Jahanka. People must be prepared for this. Also, no scripture is available in the Jahanka language.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for Christian radio to be made available to this tribe. Pray for good programming that will be appealing and understandable.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There probably are no followers of Jesus among this tribe in Mali. But pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for peace in Mali. And pray the Jahanka tribe will increasingly be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read in the mosque.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jahanka
People Name in Country Jahanka
Population in Mali 6,800
World Population 111,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Diakhanke, Malinka, Malinke, Maninka
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Malinke
People Name General Jahanka
Ethnic Code NAB63c
People ID 12311
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kotema and Niebore villages, near Guinea border. Possibly more east.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jahanka (6,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Jahanka 6,700
For Primary Language: Jahanka

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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