The Jahanka are a mysterious people group, including Islamic holy men. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Koranic teaching in the villages. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all of West Africa.
They are primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and the Gambia, though a smaller number live in Guinea-Bissau.
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 people need open hearts and the chance to hear that there is but one savior, the man Jesus Christ, who cannot be replaced by rituals.
* Pray that the Jahanka people in Guinea-Bissau will use their talents and abilities to teach and disciple others in the ways of Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit will come to them in such a mighty way that they will put aside anything that can get in the way of true righteousness.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Jahanka|
|People Name in Country||Jahanka|
|Population in Guinea-Bissau||9,600|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Diakhanke, Malinka, Malinke, Maninka|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Gabu and Tombali regions. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Jahanka (9,600 speakers)|
|Language Code||jad Ethnologue Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Jahanka|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|