About 20,000 Balanta live mainly in north Guinea-Bissau. They are related to other Balanta peoples and live side-by-side with them, but have been introduced to Islam by the Mandinkas. They have their own Balanta Mane language and do not speak the related Balanta Kentohe language. In the towns they would understand and speak Creole and maybe some Kentohe, but in the villages Balanta Mane is needed.
They live in North Guinea-Bissau: Ingore, Bisabur, Barro, Bijene, South Senegal along the border with Guinea-Bissau.
They live a simple and poor lifestyle and raise cattle.
The overwhelming majority practice folk Islam. In Bisabur, Barro and Bijene there are larger groups of Roman Catholics. In South Senegal there is a Balanta Mane church. A handful of mission agencies are working amongst them.
They have no Scriptures or portions of scriptures in Balanta Mane.
* Pray for those working amongst them to get a good grasp of the language and culture.
* Pray for anointed sharing of God's Word.
* Pray for the other Balanta believers to have a love, respect and readiness to share the Gospel with them
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Villages of Ingore, Barro and Bijena, and in other parts of the country Source: Field worker|
|Language Code||ble Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Dialect Code||1712 Global Recordings Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Balanta-Kentohe|
Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.15 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|