Wolof in Canada


Population
1,900
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof conquered many tribes in what is now northwestern Senegal. By the end of the 1300's, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500's, the empire had split into four major Wolof kingdoms. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Europeans exported slaves, ivory, and gold from Senegal, which became known as a center of the slave trade. Slavery was abolished in 1848. Senegal was a French colony before their independence in the 1960s.

Today the Wolof are the dominant people group in Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa. Some of them have moved to other parts of Africa. A few have strayed as far as France, New York City, and Canada.


Where Are they Located?

Wolof people can be found in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and Winnipeg.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Wolof people are mainly from Senegal, where there is little electricity or indoor water. The climate is warm or hot most of the year. They are adjusting to a cold climate with abundant snow, and an advanced, urban culture. The adjustment must be difficult.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Wolof are attracted to the Sufi form of Islam more than other Muslim peoples. Sufism is much more mystical and "emotional" than other forms of Islam. In Senegal, about 92 percent of the people belong to a Sufi brotherhood, also called tariqas. This indicates a possible interest in the emotional side of spirituality. Perhaps those who share Christ with the Wolof people can use this as a bridge.


What Are Their Needs?

There is freedom of religion in Canada, and believers need to take advantage of it and reach out to Muslim peoples like the Wolof people. Believers can teach language and job skills to Wolof people who want to earn a living in Canada.


Prayer Points

* Pray for dedicated workers who are willing to spend years trying to win and equip Wolof people to be disciples in Christ's Kingdom.
* Pray for a Wolof based church planting movement to begin in Canada.
* Pray for the Wolof people to have easy access to gospel materials.


References

http://www.sim.org/index.php/content/wolof
http://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/senegalese/in/north-america/canada/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/senegalese-village-named-montreal-in-homage-to-canadian-city-1.3189023


Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-28
Link Up Africa
People Name General Wolof
People Name in Country Wolof
Population in Canada 1,900
World Population 6,384,200
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gambian, Gambian Wolof, Lebu
People ID 15414
ROP3 Code 110856
Primary Language: Wolof (1,900 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wol   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wolof (1,900 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wol   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wolof

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1873-1997)
New Testament Yes   (1988-2010)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Scales of God (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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