The lives and the history of the Gourma, or Gorma people does not stand out among the many peoples who inhabit West Africa. Yet unlike many of their neighbors, the Gourma people are in a state of spiritual transformation. They embrace traditional religion, but they will probably either wind up Islamic or Christian in the decades to come.
SIM International has translated the New Testament, along with some commentaries for this people group. An Old Testament translation is being done by nationals, with United Bible Society (UBS) supervision.
The eastern sixth of Burkina Faso is home for the Gourma people where they make up the third largest ethnic group. There is a smaller number who live in Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Togo.
The physical climate of the Gourma’s homeland poses great challenges. The lack of adequate water is a stark reality for most Gourma people. Some women must walk as much as five kilometers for water from a dam or a small well. These sources of water have been known to dry up before the rainy season begins. For this reason, it is very difficult for the Gourma people to grow crops.
Education poses another great challenge for the Gourma people, yet there is hope as there has been a growing interest in learning to read and write in their own language, largely through the efforts of a professor from the University of Ouagadougou. There is a great interest in using literacy to help meet practical needs. Publications in their own language include health pamphlets and a monthly newspaper.
The Gorma people as a whole remain strongly tied to traditional practices including sun worship, and sacrifices to the spirits. Many syncretize their traditional religion with Islam, believing in a powerful God who has no time for individuals.
Like other people groups in rural West Africa, the Gourma people would greatly benefit from running potable water and electricity. They also need good schools that will prepare their children for the changes of the 21st century. On a spiritual level, there is a need for them to hear the gospel and have a chance to respond to it.
* Pray for spiritual openness among the Gourma people of Nigeria.
* Pray that their elders and clan leaders will decide to allow their people to follow Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among the Gourma people of West Africa.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Gourma|
|People Name in Country||Gourma|
|Population in Nigeria||38,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Bigulimanceba, Gourmance, Gourmancheba, Gourmantche, Gulmachema, Migulimancema|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||14 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Gourmanchema (38,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||gux Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Gourmanchema|
Primary Language: Gourmanchema
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1958-1990)|
|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||Jesus Film: view in Gourmanchema|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.40 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|