The Jahanka have been Islamic holy men primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and the Gambia. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur'anic teaching in the villages. Often the clerics also maintain farms which are cultivated by young boys who receive education in the Qur'an in exchange for their labor. However, when they lost their slaves in this century, they had to devote more time to farming and less time to religious studies. Their Muslim tradition avoids the notion of jihad (holy war) in favor of pacifism. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all West Africa.
Pride in a person's knowledge often is a stumblingblock to simple faith in the finished work of Christ.
Gospel recordings exist in the language of the Jahanka. Pray for workers to take this resource to the people.
There is an indication there are a few followers of Jesus among the Jahanka. Pray they will be instructed in God's Word, and will grow into mature disciples of Christ.
Pray the religious Jahanka people will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and will have a growing desire to find out more about this man. Pray this desire will be satisfied.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Jahanka|
|People Name in Country||Jahanka|
|Population in Gambia||4,900|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Diakhanke, Malinka, Malinke, Maninka|
|Primary Language||Jahanka (4,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||jad Ethnologue Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Jahanka|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.05 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|