Many of the Limba people were hunters or farmers before their communities were devastated. The West and East Limba peoples suffered at the hands of slave traders who took them from their West African homelands and shipped them to North America. The risk of being captured drove many of them to go to Freetown, now in Sierra Leone. Others had to contend with African invaders such as the Susus, the Mandingos and the Fulanis.
Both the West and East Limba people love visual arts, music and dance. They are noted for their copper masks which they use for funeral ceremonies. They excel in wood carvings, and one can buy them online. The Limba peoples love folk tales, which they use to teach their history and traditions to the young. They have their own proverbs and riddles which are passed down from generation to generation. They earn their living through hunting, growing rice or trading.
Though those in the northern regions are officially Muslim, the West and East Limba peoples rely heavily on their ancestral spirits. They have a spiritual "home" called Kakoia, where some go on a pilgrimage. Those in the southern regions, usually in Sierra Leone, are more likely to be Christian.
Both West and East Limba people need disciplers who will show them how to submit to the Lord of lords, and put their faith on the firm foundation, which is Christ.
Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to truth among the West Limba people.
Pray for workers to take the gospel to them and disciple those who embrace Christ with teachings from the Bible.
Scripture Prayers for the Limba, West in Sierra Leone.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Limba, West|
|People Name in Country||Limba, West|
|Natural Name||West Limba|
|Alternate Names||Limba; South Limba; West Central Limba; Yimbe|
|Population this Country||575,000|
|Population all Countries||577,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Northern province: east Bombali and northeast Kambia districts, Little Scarcies river area; north of Makeni. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Limba, West-Central
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1966-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Limba, West-Central||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Walking with Jesus video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Limba, West-Central||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Limba, West-Central||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Limba, West-Central||Literacy & Evangelism International|