Maninka, Sankaran in Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Maninka, Sankaran only in Guinea
Largest Religion
Main Language
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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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 the Entire People Group

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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-02-06
People Name General Maninka, Sankaran
People Name in Country Maninka, Sankaran
Population in Guinea 110,000
World Population 110,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19216
Primary Language: Maninka, Sankaran (110,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: msc   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Maninka, Sankaran (110,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: msc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Maninka, Sankaran

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maninka, Sankaran
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.99 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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