Darfur, the name of the area where they live today, means the Homeland of the Fur. This area was known in the 16th century as Southern Nubia. They are an active farming people and may also raise cattle. The Fur are nominally Sunni Muslims following the Maliki school of Islamic law. They are kin to the Kanuri people of Nigeria, with whom they maintained contact over the centuries.
The Darfur area is in much turmoil, a dangerous place.
Workers need to minister to the Fur by helping them physically and materially. The needs are great.
There are few if any followers of Christ among the Fur, but pray the Lord will soon build his church among this ancient community. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ask the Lord to help the Fur care properly for their families, and to live lives of peace in a dangerous land. Pray the Lord gives them increasing hunger to learn more about Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, the Prince of Peace.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2006-12-31|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2008-01-12|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-27|
|People Name General||Fur|
|People Name in Country||Fur, Forok|
|Population in Sudan||1,164,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||24 to 28|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Bergid, Forok, Furawi, Gelege, Konjara|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Gharb Darfur, Janub Darfur, and Shamal Darfur states; some villages in east Sudan. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Fur (1,164,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||fvr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Fur|
Primary Language: Fur
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Fur|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|