Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

63

People Groups Unreached

13 (20.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

11,453,000

Population in Unreached

2,144,000 (18.7%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

31.6%

% Evangelical

7.47%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
Aguna 18,000 35,000 Aguna Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 % -
Aja 916,000 1,137,000 Aja Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 11.00 % -
Anii 43,000 61,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Anufo, Chokossi 23,000 213,000 Anufo Islam 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Batonu, Baruba 879,000 1,275,000 Baatonum Islam 16.40 % 13.00 % -
 Biali 154,000 160,000 Biali Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 1.00 % -
Boko, Bokonya 118,000 177,000 Boko Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 2.00 % -
Burusa, Bulba 2,500 2,500 Notre Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 25.00 % -
Cabe 2,900 2,900 Ede Cabe Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
Deaf 115,000 46,464,000 American Sign Language Christianity 39.89 % -
 Dendi, Dandawa 253,000 378,000 Dendi Islam 0.07 % 0.03 % 5
Ede Nago 336,000 336,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.00 % 5.50 % -
Ede Nago, Kura 42,000 42,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % -
 Ewe 148,000 5,845,000 Ewe Christianity 72.70 % 3.00 % -
 Fon 1,836,000 1,966,000 Fon Christianity 65.00 % 18.31 % -
 Foodo 41,000 42,000 Foodo Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 1
 French 31,000 50,089,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 0.50 % -
 Fulani, Gorgal 40,000 48,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Fulfulde, Borgu 599,000 711,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.40 % 0.80 % 12
 Ga, Amina 11,000 876,000 Ga Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 % -
Gangam 34,000 102,000 Ngangam Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gbe, Ayizo 458,000 458,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.00 % 7.00 % -
 Gbe, Ci 42,000 42,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 % -
Gbe, Defi 23,000 23,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.60 % 4.00 % -
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 135,000 135,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Gbesi 109,000 109,000 Gbe, Gbesi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.00 % -
Gbe, Kotafon 153,000 153,000 Gbe, Kotafon Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Gbe, Maxi 339,000 390,000 Gbe, Maxi Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 4.00 % -
 Gbe, Saxwe 277,000 277,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.00 % 16.00 % -
Gbe, Seto 37,000 37,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Gbe, Tofin 135,000 135,000 Gbe, Tofin Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 7.00 % -
Gbe, Toli 11,000 11,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gbe, Weme 268,000 268,000 Gbe, Weme Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gbe, Western Xwla 75,000 75,000 Gbe, Western Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Xwela 80,000 80,000 Gbe, Xwela Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 % -
Gen, Mina 123,000 603,000 Gen Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 % -
Gourma 58,000 1,475,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
Gun 620,000 1,075,000 Gun Christianity 66.60 % 8.00 % -
 Hausa 1,028,000 44,177,000 Hausa Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 21
Ica 106,000 106,000 Ede Ica Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Idaca 161,000 161,000 Ede Idaca Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 % -
Ife 43,000 231,000 Ife Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 15.00 % -
Ije, Holi 146,000 146,000 Ede Ije Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kabiye 12,000 1,268,000 Kabiye Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 % -
Kambole, Manigri Nago 51,000 110,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kotokoli, Tem 17,000 437,000 Tem Islam 9.00 % 0.80 % -
 Kyanga 1,900 24,000 Kyanga Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Lama 88,000 364,000 Lama Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 % -
Lukpa 132,000 153,000 Lukpa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Mandingo, Mandinka 12,000 1,926,000 Mandinka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Mbelime, Niendi 73,000 76,000 Mbelime Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Mokole 34,000 34,000 Mokole Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 0.83 % -
 Mossi 38,000 11,383,000 Moore Islam 35.00 % 9.00 % -
 Natemba 97,000 97,000 Nateni Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 4.00 % -
 Otammari 140,000 179,000 Ditammari Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 % -
Pila, Kpila 298,000 298,000 Yom Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Piyobe 1,800 19,000 Miyobe Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 % -
 Songhai-Koyraboro 8,500 1,732,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.81 % 0.20 % 1
Tchumbuli 4,100 4,100 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.00 % 5.00 % -
 Waama, Yoabou 108,000 108,000 Waama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Watchi 58,000 919,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Yoruba 197,000 36,393,000 Yoruba Islam 45.30 % 13.00 % -
 Zarma 12,000 3,923,000 Zarma Islam 2.00 % 0.80 % 1
  Totals:  63 11,453,000       13   31.57 % 7.47 % 48 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 33,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 11,486,000                

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Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   11,453,000 63 13 20.6 % 2,144,000 18.7 % 0
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aguna aug 1 0
Aja ajg 1 0 Bible Portions
American Sign Language ase 1 0 New Testament
Anii blo 1 1
Anufo cko 1 0 New Testament
Baatonum bba 1 0 Complete Bible
Biali beh 1 0 New Testament
Boko bqc 1 0 Complete Bible
Dendi ddn 1 1 New Testament
Ditammari tbz 1 0 Complete Bible
Ede Cabe cbj 1 0 Bible Portions
Ede Ica ica 1 0
Ede Idaca idd 1 0 Bible Portions
Ede Ije ijj 1 0
Ede Nago, Kura nqk 1 0
Ewe ewe 1 0 Complete Bible
Fon fon 1 0 Complete Bible
Foodo fod 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Fulfulde, Borgu fue 1 1 New Testament
Fulfulde, Western Niger fuh 1 1 New Testament
Ga gaa 1 0 Complete Bible
Gbe, Ayizo ayb 1 0
Gbe, Ci cib 1 0
Gbe, Defi gbh 1 0
Gbe, Eastern Xwla gbx 1 0
Gbe, Gbesi gbs 1 0
Gbe, Kotafon kqk 1 0
Gbe, Maxi mxl 1 0
Gbe, Saxwe sxw 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbe, Tofin tfi 1 0
Gbe, Waci wci 1 1
Gbe, Weme wem 1 0
Gbe, Western Xwla xwl 1 0
Gbe, Xwela xwe 1 0
Gen gej 1 0 Complete Bible
Gourmanchema gux 1 0 Complete Bible
Gun guw 3 2 Complete Bible
Hausa hau 1 1 Complete Bible
Ife ife 1 0 New Testament
Kabiye kbp 1 0 Complete Bible
Kyanga tye 1 1
Lama las 1 0 New Testament
Lukpa dop 1 0 Complete Bible
Mandinka mnk 1 1 Complete Bible
Mbelime mql 1 0 Bible Portions
Miyobe soy 1 0 New Testament
Mokole mkl 1 0 New Testament
Moore mos 1 0 Complete Bible
Nago, Northern xkb 1 0
Nago, Southern nqg 1 0
Nateni ntm 1 0 New Testament
Ngangam gng 1 0 New Testament
Notre bly 1 0
Songhay, Koyraboro Senni ses 1 1 New Testament
Tchumbuli bqa 1 0
Tem kdh 1 0 Bible Portions
Waama wwa 1 0 New Testament
Yom pil 1 0 New Testament
Yoruba yor 1 0 Complete Bible
Zarma dje 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 61 63 13   16 28 33 56 4

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.5 %)
31.6 %
Ethnic Religions
37.8 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
30.1 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
19.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.0 %
Protestant
15.8 %
Roman Catholic
59.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Benin. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Benin
  • Christian ministry in Benin
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Benin or West and Central Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In West and Central Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
InterComm Small
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large
Benin Statistics
People Groups 63
Unreached People Groups 13  (20.6%)
Population 11,453,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 2,144,000  (18.7%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 48
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 31.6%
Percent Evangelical 7.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BN
Official Language(s) French
Literacy Rate 38%
Estimated Illiterate Population 7,101,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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