Wolof in France

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Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Wolof
Country: France
10/40 Window: No
Population: 41,000
World Population: 6,855,500
Primary Language: Wolof
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Atlantic-Wolof
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof conquered many tribes in the northwestern Senegal area. By the end of the 1300s, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500s, the empire had split into four major Wolof kingdoms. The French expanded into Senegal during the 1800s, making it a colony of French West Africa. In 1946, the Wolof of Senegal were awarded French citizenship, and today, many Wolof live in France. In 1968, Senegal gained its independence. However, European influences are still a part of Wolof culture. Some of them have managed to make their homes in France where they enjoy better opportunities than their kin in West Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Wolof, like other African immigrants, often go unnoticed and unacknowledged in French society. In Senegal they are among the most politically and economically astute. In France they are just Africans. They are, however, actively seeking ways to gain more political power in France. Racism and discrimination are serious issues. The Wolof and other West African people groups who have migrated to France are often blamed for the country's economic woes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Wolof are Muslims who also continue their historical tribal beliefs in spirits and witches. They have traditionally been resistant to the gospel. As Muslims go they are tolerant of other points of view, but very few have accepted Christ's lordship either in Africa or in France.

What Are Their Needs?

The Wolof in France need to see God's love in action. They need to understand that He created them for a purpose, and He has a plan for them that is bigger than ending racism or gaining political power. He desires to end their spiritual suffering and welcome them into eternal life.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to open the eyes, ears, and hearts of the Wolof to His Word. Pray for the members of Wolof people in France to have a hunger to know more about Jesus and to seek out the many gospel resources available to them. Pray for the Lord to establish a church planting movement among the Wolof people in European countries.

Text Source:   Joshua Project