The Sankaran are one of the Maninka groups in Guinea. While they are an Islamic people, ancestor worship is practiced by many. The Maninka are an oral people (75 percent non-literate), and have proved resistant to the Gospel message. They have a system of occupational castes, the most important of which are the musicians and blacksmiths, who are set apart in society and revered. When a singer dies, it's as if a library has been burned because he carries with him the oral tradition of the people. Blacksmiths are believed to have special magical powers.
Spiritual oppression is present when the Gospel of Christ is presented. Please pray against this oppression, so that people will have the freedom to respond to the message.
There are a few Christian groups in Guinea. Pray that Christians from at least one of these groups will be given a heart and burden to share the story of Christ with the Sankaran Maninka.
There may be a few followers of Jesus within this group. Pray their faith will be protected, and that they will somehow be instructed in their walk with Christ.
Pray for a rising literacy rate among this tribe, especially for the young people. Pray parents will understand the importance of a good education for their children.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-02-06|
|People Name General||Maninka, Sankaran|
|People Name in Country||Maninka, Sankaran|
|Population in Guinea||113,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3 to 4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Kankan region: east Kouroussa prefecture; Faranah region and prefecture; along Niger tributary, Serekoroba area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Maninka, Sankaran (113,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||msc Ethnologue Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Maninka, Sankaran|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.01 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|