The Gonja people are located in the north part of Ghana, and wealth is concentrated in the southern half of the country. Most people in the north still live off subsistence farming beside mud-brick, thatched-roof structures. Family incomes are often so low that children stay home to work fields rather than attend school. Poverty remains "endemic in Northern Ghana with people facing formidable challenges with regards to water, food and employment opportunities." The literacy rate of the Gonja is reported to be no more than 5%.
The very low literacy rate of the Gonja people largely requires an oral presentation of the Gospel message, both for evangelism and discipleship purposes.
Communicating with stories from scripture will be useful and probably effective. Recordings and videos will also be helpful.
There are a few followers of Christ presently within this group. They need to be discipled, and they need to learn to read. Pray towards these ends.
Please pray for the poor Gonja tribe, that they will provide an education for their children, and will learn good farming methods. Pray they will soon escape the bonds of poverty and illiteracy.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-20|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-15|
|People Name General||Gonja|
|People Name in Country||Gonja, Ngbanyito|
|Population in Ghana||351,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||7|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Choruba, Guang, Ngbanyito|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Northern region: upper basin of Volta lake area; Brong-Ahafo region: Kintampa North district, separate area to west. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Gonja (351,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||gjn Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Gonja|
Primary Language: Gonja
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||New|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gonja|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|