The Fon are a large people group. Their ancestors were with the 17th century Dahomey kingdom. Today the Fon are related to the Aja people, whom they broke away from during a dispute regarding the secession of a king.
In the 1700s the slave trade was prominent in the parts of West Africa where the Fon live. They were both victims and victimizers. Some Fon people were captured and enslaved while others did the same to other tribes.
Starting in the 1800s, France had extensive colonial holdings in much of West Africa. Those areas included places where the Fon people lived.
Most live in Benin, but they also live in Gabon, Ghana and Togo. Some have migrated to France or Canada.
In deciding which immigrants to admit from developing countries, Canada has favored those with a good education and professional skills. Though they usually live a more prosperous life than they did in West Africa, Fon and other Africans tend to be more likely to be unemployed and to have lower incomes than native Canadians.
Africans must adjust to many changes in Canada. Personal relationships are different. Many of them must adjust to having a spouse in a different continent and living with a different set of social expectations. Africans assume that the group rises or falls together, but in the West, they must adjust to an individualistic culture. Overall, these Africans are highly committed to Canada as a nation.
Officially the Fon people are Christian. Like other Christians in West Africa, their version of Christianity is often clouded by animistic practices that place their faith in something lower than Jesus Christ.
Most of the Fon people in Canada are officially Christian. They need disciplers to strengthen them in following Jesus with all their hearts and minds.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit anointed disciplers among the Fon people.
Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among every Fon community in Africa and the West.
Pray for Fon Bibles to find their way into every Fon family in Canada.
Scripture Prayers for the Fon in Canada.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Fon|
|People Name in Country||Fon|
|Alternate Names||Dahomean; Fo; Fogbe; Kotafon|
|Population this Country||1,400|
|Population all Countries||2,338,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
Primary Language: Fon
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1994)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||Story Runners|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Fon||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Walking with Jesus video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Fon||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Fon||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Fon||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|