Unreached of Day: 2024-5-28

Mandinka in Gambia

Mandinka in Gambia

Mandinka society is divided into three divisions: free-born, artisans and slaves. Though once the free-born were only nobility, their ranks now include farmers, merchants and clergy. The majority of Mandinka are farmers. Mandinka villages are made up of clans, each sharing a family name. The religion practiced among the Mandinka is Islam, though it has been blended with their traditional beliefs, and few know what their rituals mean. It is not uncommon for someone to pray in the mosque then sacrifice a chicken to the village spirit.

Ministry Obstacles

Because the Mandinka practice Islam, there may be resistance to the gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Since the Mandinka tend to look upon artisans with respectful fear (especially blacksmiths and leather workers), it may prove beneficial to teach through the arts. They are especially fond of music, and their griots (praise singers) among the Mandinka have even impacted the national anthems of four West African nations. Culturally appropriate gospel music can be an excellent evangelistic tool.

Scripture Focus

"You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it."  Psalm 139:5-6

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this people group will be in awe of the blessings of the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Pray for a strong church community to be established among the Mandinka in the Gambia. Pray for spiritual wisdom and favor for missionaries focusing on the Mandinka. Pray for Mandinka believers to have boldness and love to share the gospel with their families and neighbors.

Mandinka in Gambia

People Name: Mandinka
Country: Gambia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,165,000
World Population: 2,435,500
Language: Mandinka
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherent: 1.1%
Evangelical: 0.97%
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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