Country: Sierra Leone

Number of People Groups

30

People Groups Unreached

11 (36.7%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

6,700,000

Population in Unreached

1,168,000 (17.4%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

13.3%

% Evangelical

3.98%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

5.0%
(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
 Arab, Lebanese 40,000 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Bassa 7,300 756,000 Bassa Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 4.00 %
Bom, Bum 800 800 Mende Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
 British 2,400 51,406,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Bullom, Northern Bullom 6,600 6,600 Bullom So Islam 5.00 % 1.80 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Sierra Leone Sign Language Islam 13.00 % 3.00 %
 Fula Jalon 189,000 5,966,000 Pular Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Fulani, Krio 50,000 50,000 Pular Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Gola 13,000 178,000 Gola Islam 3.00 % 0.60 %
 Greek 1,000 10,656,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Kissi, Northern 53,000 649,000 Kissi, Northern Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 16.30 %
 Kissi, Southern 113,000 258,000 Kisi, Southern Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
Kono 272,000 272,000 Kono Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 %
Krim, Kimi 17,000 17,000 Mende Islam 24.00 % 20.00 %
 Krio, Creole 697,000 750,000 Krio Christianity 45.00 % 5.00 %
Kru 12,000 316,000 Klao Christianity 90.00 % 4.00 %
 Kuranko 358,000 473,000 Kuranko Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.00 %
 Limba, East 700 1,800 Limba, East Islam 15.00 % 3.00 %
Limba, West 445,000 447,000 Limba, West-Central Islam 14.00 % 1.00 %
 Loko, Landogo 179,000 179,000 Loko Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.90 %
 Maninka, Eastern 139,000 4,023,000 Maninkakan, Eastern Islam 3.00 % 1.30 %
 Mende, Boumpe 2,053,000 2,093,000 Mende Islam 13.00 % 7.00 %
 Sherbro, Southern Bullom 179,000 179,000 Sherbro Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 5.70 %
 South Asian, general 13,000 10,458,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.20 %
 Susu 159,000 1,717,000 Susu Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Temne 1,573,000 1,579,000 Themne Islam 7.00 % 3.20 %
 Temne-Banta 60,000 60,000 Themne Islam 4.00 % 0.00 %
 Vai 20,000 154,000 Vai Islam 4.00 % 2.50 %
 Yalunka, Yalun Soso 40,000 191,000 Yalunka Islam 6.00 % 4.40 %
 Yoruba 5,400 36,040,000 Yoruba Christianity 47.00 % 3.00 %
  Totals:  30 6,700,000       11   13.27 % 3.98 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 33,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 6,733,000              
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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
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
Limba, West-Central lia 1 0 New Testament
Loko lok 1 1 New Testament
Maninkakan, Eastern emk 1 1 New Testament
Mende men 3 1 Complete Bible
Pular fuf 2 2 New Testament
Sherbro bun 1 0
Sierra Leone Sign Language sgx 1 0
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 30 11   8 18 22 24 4

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.0 %)
13.3 %
Ethnic Religions
24.3 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
60.9 %
Non-Religious
1.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.0 %
Independent
22.1 %
Orthodox
0.4 %
Other Christian
0.7 %
Protestant
56.4 %
Roman Catholic
18.4 %
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 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

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Sierra Leone 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
Sierra Leone Statistics
People Groups 30
Unreached People Groups 11  (36.7%)
Population 6,700,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.1%
Population in Unreached 1,168,000  (17.4%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 30 to 42
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 13.3%
Percent Evangelical 4.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 5.0%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code SL
National Bible Society Website
Official National Language(s) English    Krio
Literacy Rate 46%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,618,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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