Balanta, Kentohe in Gambia

Population

38,300

Christian

10.0%

Evangelical

4.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: West Africa Gateway


Introduction / History

The Balanta are fishermen, herders, and cultivators. They grow millet, rice, peanuts, cashews, and fruit for a cash crop. They love to celebrate traditional holidays. The Balanta live on the west coast of Africa though they originated in India, Egypt, and Ethiopia.


What are Their Beliefs?

In this society God is believed to be far away. They try to reach him through spirits and sacrifices. Although Catholicism has been partially accepted, Islam is strong and practiced along with spirit worship.


Prayer Points

* Pray for an indigenous church planting movement among the Balanta people.
* Ask God to break the ties of traditional spirit worship.
* Pray for God to use this very versatile people and make them see that believing on Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation.
* Pray that medical and educational needs will be met.



Profile Source: West Africa Gateway

People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
People Name in Country Balanta, Kentohe
Population in Gambia 38,300
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Alante, Belanda, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Fora, South Balanta
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
Ethnic Code NAB56c
Country Gambia
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Balanta-Kentohe (38,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Balanta-Kentohe 38,000
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
10%    ( Evangelical  4.0% )
Ethnic Religions
60.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
30.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
12.00%
Protestant
24.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
64.00%
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