Maninka, Sankaran in Guinea

Maninka, Sankaran
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People Name: Maninka, Sankaran
Country: Guinea
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 107,000
World Population: 107,000
Primary Language: Maninka, Sankaran
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.01 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Malinke
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project