Jahanka in Mali

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People Name: Jahanka
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,400
World Population: 123,000
Primary Language: Jahanka
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Malinke
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Jahanka are a mysterious people group, including Islamic holy men. As holy men (Muslim clerics), they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur 'anic teaching in the villages. Because of their desire for religious piety they often remove themselves from secularized society and live in rural villages. Families will send their boys off to Jahanka villages to attend Islamic schools run by the Jahanka. Those who do not function as holy men make their living by subsistence farming.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition will be present when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented to the Jahanka. People must be prepared for this. Also, no scripture is available in the Jahanka language.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for Christian radio to be made available to this tribe. Pray for good programming that will be appealing and understandable.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There probably are no followers of Jesus among this tribe in Mali. But pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for peace in Mali. And pray the Jahanka tribe will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as the Koran is read in the mosque.

Text Source:   Joshua Project