Country: Sierra Leone

Number of People Groups

29

People Groups Unreached

11 (37.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

7,938,000

Population in Unreached

1,390,000 (17.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

13.2%

% Evangelical

4.92%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

5.0%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Arab, Lebanese 47,000 7,855,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Bassa 8,600 802,000 Bassa Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 4.00 % -
 Bom, Krim 21,000 21,000 Mende Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
 British 2,800 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
Bullom, Northern Bullom 7,800 7,800 Bullom So Islam 5.00 % 1.80 % 1
Deaf 80,000 47,601,000 Sierra Leone Sign Language Islam 13.15 % -
 Fula Jalon 222,000 6,339,000 Pular Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Fulani, Krio 59,000 59,000 Pular Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Gola 16,000 190,000 Gola Islam 3.00 % 0.60 % 1
 Greek 1,200 10,234,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Kissi, Northern 62,000 644,000 Kissi, Northern Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 16.30 % -
 Kissi, Southern 133,000 286,000 Kisi, Southern Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kono 319,000 319,000 Kono Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
 Krio, Creole 818,000 874,000 Krio Christianity 45.00 % 6.52 % -
Kru 14,000 336,000 Klao Christianity 90.00 % 4.00 % -
 Kuranko 420,000 532,000 Kuranko Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Limba, East 800 1,900 Limba, East Islam 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Limba, West 521,000 523,000 Limba, West-Central Islam 14.00 % 1.00 % -
 Loko, Landogo 210,000 210,000 Loko Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.90 % 4
 Maninka, Eastern 164,000 4,013,000 Maninkakan, Eastern Islam 3.00 % 1.30 % 3
 Mende, Boumpe 2,408,000 2,450,000 Mende Islam 13.00 % 9.13 % -
 Sherbro, Southern Bullom 210,000 210,000 Sherbro Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 South Asian, general 15,000 12,154,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Susu 187,000 1,342,000 Susu Islam 0.06 % 0.06 % 4
 Temne 1,845,000 1,851,000 Themne Islam 7.00 % 4.18 % -
 Temne-Banta 70,000 70,000 Themne Islam 4.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Vai 23,000 164,000 Vai Islam 4.00 % 2.50 % -
 Yalunka, Yalun Soso 47,000 196,000 Yalunka Islam 6.00 % 4.40 % -
 Yoruba 6,300 36,812,000 Yoruba Christianity 47.00 % 3.00 % -
  Totals:  29 7,938,000         11 13.22 % 4.92 % 29 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 39,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 7,977,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Eastern 1,810,000
Northern 2,765,000
Southern 1,589,000
Western 1,654,000
Provinces:  4 7,818,000
UN Country Population 7,977,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 3,615.8 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 9,647.9 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 2,598.1 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 1,445.7 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
7,938,000



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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
Bassa bsq 1 0 Complete Bible
Bullom So buy 1 1 Bible Portions
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Gola gol 1 1 New Testament
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Kisi, Southern kss 1 0 Complete Bible
Kissi, Northern kqs 1 0 Complete Bible
Klao klu 1 0 Complete Bible
Kono kno 1 0 New Testament
Krio kri 1 0 Complete Bible
Kuranko knk 1 1 Complete Bible
Limba, East lma 1 0 Translation Needed
Limba, West-Central lia 1 0 New Testament
Loko lok 1 1 New Testament
Maninkakan, Eastern emk 1 1 New Testament
Mende men 2 1 Complete Bible
Pular fuf 2 2 New Testament
Sherbro bun 1 0 Bible Portions
Sierra Leone Sign Language sgx 1 0 Translation Needed
Susu sus 1 1 Complete Bible
Themne tem 2 1 New Testament
Vai vai 1 0 New Testament
Yalunka yal 1 0 Complete Bible
Yoruba yor 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 26 29 11   9 18 22 24 4

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.9 %)
13.2 %
Ethnic Religions
24.4 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
60.8 %
Non-Religious
1.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.9 %
Independent
21.9 %
Orthodox
0.4 %
Other Christian
0.7 %
Protestant
55.7 %
Roman Catholic
18.3 %
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

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Sierra Leone. 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 Sierra Leone
  • Christian ministry in Sierra Leone
  • 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

Sierra Leone Statistics
People Groups 29
Unreached People Groups 11  (37.9%)
Population 7,938,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.1%
Population in Unreached 1,390,000  (17.5%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 13.2%
Percent Evangelical 4.9%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 5.0%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 29
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 42%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window No
Country Code SL
Official Language(s) EnglishKrio
Literacy Rate 46%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,286,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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