Country: Guinea-Bissau

Number of People Groups

35

People Groups Unreached

21 (60.0%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

1,906,000

Population in Unreached

1,303,000 (68.3%)

Literacy Rate

41 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

11.7%

% Evangelical

1.69%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Arab, Syrian 1,500 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 0.10 %
 Badyara 5,400 20,000 Badyara Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
Bainouk, Banyum 9,100 9,100 Bainouk-Gunyuno Islam 15.00 % 1.50 %
 Balanta, Ganja 1,900 104,000 Balanta-Ganja Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Balanta, Kentohe 349,000 447,000 Balanta-Kentohe Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.70 %
Balanta, Mane 29,000 29,000 Balanta-Kentohe Islam 0.30 % 0.15 %
Balanta, Naga 13,000 13,000 Balanta-Kentohe Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 3.50 %
Balanta, Nyakra 15,000 15,000 Balanta-Kentohe Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 10.00 %
 Bambara 2,100 5,729,000 Bamanankan Islam 0.90 % 0.50 %
 Bassari 500 37,000 Oniyan Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
 Biafada 53,000 53,000 Biafada Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bijogo 35,000 35,000 Bidyogo Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.50 %
 Cape Verdean 2,400 1,070,000 Kabuverdianu Christianity 96.00 % 6.00 %
Crioulo, Upper Guinea 264,000 478,000 Crioulo, Upper Guinea Christianity 52.00 % 4.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Islam 5.00 % 1.60 %
 French 1,200 49,762,000 French Christianity 64.00 % 1.00 %
 Fula Jalon 1,800 5,966,000 Pular Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Fulani, Fulakunda 358,000 2,578,000 Pulaar Islam 0.30 % 0.20 %
 Fulup, Jola-Bayote 5,600 27,000 Bayot Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.20 %
 Fulup, Jola-Felupe 7,400 11,000 Jola-Felupe Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Jahanka 9,600 118,000 Jahanka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Jola-Fonyi 600 506,000 Jola-Fonyi Islam 3.00 % 0.00 %
Kasanga, Haal 800 800 Mandinka Ethnic Religions 28.00 % 25.00 %
Kobiana 900 1,400 Kobiana Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Mandingo, Mandinka 192,000 1,932,000 Mandinka Islam 2.00 % 0.80 %
 Mandyak, Manjaco 236,000 424,000 Mandjak Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.60 %
 Maninka, Western 19,000 2,020,000 Maninkakan, Western Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
Mankanya 62,000 101,000 Mankanya Ethnic Religions 24.00 % 2.00 %
Maswanka, Kunante 20,000 22,000 Mansoanka Islam 6.00 % 2.00 %
 Nalu 11,000 22,000 Nalu Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Papel 174,000 182,000 Papel Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 3.60 %
 Portuguese 5,400 17,301,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
 Soninke 5,700 2,582,000 Soninke Islam 0.50 % 0.30 %
 Susu 5,600 1,717,000 Susu Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Wolof 9,600 6,573,000 Wolof Islam 1.00 % 0.20 %
  Totals:  35 1,906,000       21   11.74 % 1.69 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 27,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 1,933,000              
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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
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Badyara pbp 1 1
Bainouk-Gunyuno bab 1 0
Balanta-Ganja bjt 1 1
Balanta-Kentohe ble 4 2 New Testament
Bamanankan bam 1 1 Complete Bible
Bayot bda 1 1
Biafada bif 1 1
Bidyogo bjg 1 0 New Testament
Crioulo, Upper Guinea pov 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Jahanka jad 1 1
Jola-Felupe eja 1 1 Bible Portions
Jola-Fonyi dyo 1 1 New Testament
Kabuverdianu kea 1 0 Bible Portions
Kobiana kcj 1 0
Mandinka mnk 2 1 Complete Bible
Mandjak mfv 1 1 Bible Portions
Maninkakan, Western mlq 1 1 Bible Portions
Mankanya knf 1 0 New Testament
Mansoanka msw 1 0 Bible Portions
Nalu naj 1 1
Oniyan bsc 1 1 New Testament
Papel pbo 1 0 New Testament
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Pulaar fuc 1 1 New Testament
Pular fuf 1 1 New Testament
Soninke snk 1 1 Bible Portions
Susu sus 1 1 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 1
Wolof wol 1 1 New Testament
Totals: 31 35 21   4 11 22 30 2

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.7 %)
11.7 %
Ethnic Religions
34.6 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
52.2 %
Non-Religious
1.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.9 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.6 %
Protestant
14.5 %
Roman Catholic
71.0 %
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 Guinea-Bissau. 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 Guinea-Bissau
  • Christian ministry in Guinea-Bissau
  • 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 Guinea-Bissau 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
Guinea-Bissau Statistics
People Groups 35
Unreached People Groups 21  (60.0%)
Population 1,906,000
Population in Unreached 1,303,000  (68.3%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 42 to 65
Urbanization 49%
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code PU
Official National Language Portuguese
Secondary National Language Crioulo, Upper Guinea
Literacy Rate 41%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,125,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 11.7%
Percent Evangelical 1.7%
Country Progress Level 2
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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