Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof conquered many tribes in what is now northwestern Senegal. By the end of the 1300s, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500s, 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.
Wolof people can be found in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and Winnipeg.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-28|
|Link Up Africa|
|People Name General||Wolof|
|People Name in Country||Wolof|
|Population in Canada||2,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Gambian, Gambian Wolof, Lebu|
|Primary Language||Wolof (2,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||wol Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Wolof|
Primary Language: Wolof
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1988-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|