Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

13 (20.0%)

Total Population

11,076,000

Unreached Population

948,000 (8.6%)

% Professing Christian

39.4%

% Evangelical

8.89 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

41 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Aguna, Awuna 18,000 33,000 Aguna Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 %
Aja 759,000 962,000 Aja Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 11.00 %
Anii 42,000 59,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Anufo, Chokossi 23,000 202,000 Anufo Islam 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Bariba, Baatoumbu 725,000 951,000 Baatonum Islam 16.40 % 13.00 %
 Biali, Bialaba 125,000 131,000 Biali Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 1.00 %
Boko, Bokonya 116,000 173,000 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 %
 Coloured 2,200 6,286,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 20.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown American Sign Language Ethnic Religions 39.89 % 8.30 %
 Dendi, Dandawa 206,000 323,000 Dendi Islam 0.07 % 0.03 %
Ede Nago 330,000 330,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.00 % 5.50 %
Ede Nago, Kura 41,000 41,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.00 % 1.50 %
 Ewe 145,000 6,048,000 Ewe Christianity 72.70 % 3.00 %
 Fon 3,456,000 3,575,000 Fon Christianity 65.00 % 15.50 %
 Foodo 40,000 40,000 Foodo Islam 0.02 % 0.01 %
 French 30,000 49,468,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 0.50 %
 Fulani, Gorgal 39,000 46,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Fulfulde, Fulani 458,000 561,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.40 % 0.80 %
 Ga-Adangme-Krobo 11,000 881,000 Ga Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Gangam 33,000 95,000 Ngangam Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Gbe, Ayizo 606,000 606,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.00 % 7.00 %
 Gbe, Ci 41,000 41,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 %
Gbe, Defi 22,000 22,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.60 % 4.00 %
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 133,000 133,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
Gbe, Gbesi 107,000 107,000 Gbe, Gbesi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.00 %
Gbe, Kotafon 159,000 159,000 Gbe, Kotafon Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
 Gbe, Maxi 276,000 323,000 Gbe, Maxi Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 4.00 %
 Gbe, Saxwe 225,000 225,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.00 % 16.00 %
Gbe, Seto 36,000 36,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
 Gbe, Swla-Gbe, Western Xwla 74,000 74,000 Gbe, Western Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
Gbe, Tofin 109,000 109,000 Gbe, Tofin Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 7.00 %
Gbe, Toli 11,000 11,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Gbe, Weme 217,000 217,000 Gbe, Weme Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 5.00 %
Gbe, Xwela, Phera 65,000 65,000 Gbe, Xwela Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 %
Gen, Mina 100,000 541,000 Gen Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 %
Gourma 47,000 1,377,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 %
Gun, Gu 412,000 849,000 Gun Christianity 66.60 % 8.00 %
 Hausa 34,000 40,039,000 Hausa Islam 0.10 % 0.04 %
Ica 104,000 104,000 Ede Ica Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.30 %
 Idaca 170,000 170,000 Ede Idaca Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 %
Ife 35,000 208,000 Ife Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 15.00 %
Ije, Holi 119,000 119,000 Ede Ije Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 %
 Kabiye 12,000 1,158,000 Kabiye Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 %
Kambole, Manigri Nago 51,000 105,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kotokoli, Tem 17,000 409,000 Tem Islam 9.00 % 0.80 %
 Kyanga, Tyenga 2,200 11,000 Kyanga Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 %
Lama 86,000 340,000 Lama Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 %
Lukpa 107,000 126,000 Lukpa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 %
 Mandingo, Mandinka 11,000 1,874,000 Mandinka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Mbelime, Niendi 72,000 74,000 Mbelime Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Mokole, Monkole 27,000 27,000 Mokole Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 0.83 %
 Mossi, Moore 37,000 10,389,000 Moore Islam 35.00 % 9.00 %
 Natemba, Nateni 78,000 78,000 Nateni Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 4.00 %
 Otammari 113,000 149,000 Ditammari Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 %
Pila, Kpila 432,000 432,000 Yom Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 %
Piyobe 1,700 18,000 Miyobe Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 %
 Songhai-Koyraboro 8,400 2,009,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.81 % 0.20 %
Tchumbuli 4,400 4,400 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.00 % 5.00 %
 Waama, Yoabou 88,000 88,000 Waama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Watchi 47,000 838,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Yoruba 96,000 33,832,000 Yoruba Islam 45.30 % 13.00 %
Yoruba, Idassa 64,000 64,000 Yoruba Christianity 43.70 % 6.00 %
 Zarma 12,000 3,845,000 Zarma Islam 2.00 % 0.80 %
  Totals:  65 11,076,000       13   39.39 % 8.89 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 91,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 11,167,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.9 %)
39.4 %
Ethnic Religions
39.8 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
20.3 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
18.9 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.6 %
Protestant
13.2 %
Roman Catholic
63.7 %
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 65
Unreached People Groups 13  (20.0%)
Population 11,076,000
Population in Unreached 948,000  (8.6%)
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BN
Official National Language French
Literacy Rate 41%
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 39.4%
Percent Evangelical 8.9%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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