Jola-Hulon in Senegal

The Jola-Hulon have only been reported in Senegal
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Introduction / History

You may not have met a member of the Jola people group, but if you live in the United States, you might know some of their descendants. They were among the peoples taken captive and sold into slavery. The Jolas were prized for their ability to grow rice, one of the staple crops in the southern United States. Before the British and the American colonists were engaged in this evil trade, the Spanish and Portuguese were taking Jola people captive to work their mines and plantations.

In the 1880s Jolas were engaged in palm wine tapping, and by 1900 they were more likely to be found growing peanuts as a cash crop. They also grew sweet potatoes, watermelon, and rice, while others raised cattle and other livestock. There was a great market for their products during WWII.


Where Are they Located?

Most Jola peoples live in Senegal, but many also live in the countries surrounding Senegal including Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, and Guinea.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Like the other Jola peoples, the Jola-Hulons of Senegal are most likely to be farmers who earn their living by raising crops and livestock.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There is some Islamic influence among the Jola peoples, but on a practical level, they are mostly animistic. They use charms and sacred objects to communicate with the spirit world, in hopes that the spirits will protect their families, villages and crops. They also believe these spirits will protect them from converting to Islam or Christianity!

Funerals are very important to them. They believe that the deceased will join their ancestors. It is very important to perform the correct funeral rites, so that the soul will enter the presence of the creator, Ata Amit, and the ancestors. They believe in living a moral life, because if you live a bad life, your soul will become an exile spirit that roams with no resting place.


What Are Their Needs?

Jola Hulon people need good markets for their produce. They also need the chance to join Christ's family. Anyone who wants to take the gospel to them must overcome their fear of converting to Christianity, and their fear of spirits that want them to remain in spiritual bondage.


Prayer Points

* Pray that fear of the spirits will give way to faith in Christ when the Jola peoples hear of the finished work of our Lord.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up many African believers to go to the Jola peoples with the exciting news that Jesus Christ offers them abundant life for the here and now and eternal life without fear of becoming a wandering spirit.
* Pray for efforts to disciple the Jola-Hulon people in such a way that discipleship will become a way of life for them.
* Pray for Jola-Hulon communities to be transformed by the holiness of Christ in such a powerful way that it will amaze non-believers.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11568/SG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jola_people
http://minorityrights.org/minorities/diola-jola/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jola_people
http://www.hope-senegal.org.uk/index.php/history-of-the-diola


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jola-Hulon
People Name in Country Jola-Hulon
Population in Senegal 2,000
World Population 2,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hulon, Jola
People ID 12150
ROP3 Code 103909
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Affiniam, Badiate-Grand, Bandial, Batinier, Brin, Elubalir, Enampor, Essil, Etama, Kamobeul, and Seleky villages on a peninsula bounded by the Casamance river north, the Komobeul Bôlon river west, Ziguinchor-Oussouye road south, and Brin-Nyassia road east. The only village north of the Casamance River is Affiniam.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Affiniam, Badiate-Grand, Bandial, Batinier, Brin, Elubalir, Enampor, Essil, Etama, Kamobeul, and Seleky villages on a peninsula bounded by the Casamance river north, the Komobeul Bôlon river west, Ziguinchor-Oussouye road south, and Brin-Nyassia road east. The only village north of the Casamance River is Affiniam..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Bandial (2,000 speakers)
Language Code bqj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Bandial
Primary Language Bandial (2,000 speakers)
Language Code bqj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bandial

Primary Language:  Bandial

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bandial
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: bqj The Bible in Bandial
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
72.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
25.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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