This group of 57,000 people in Guinea-Bissau is primarily muslim, but many also practice traditional animist rituals. There are very few Christians, with no Bible translation in their language. Pray for the few believers there are to have faith, hope and courage. Pray for Bible translation projects and pray for believers from other churches in the region to reach out to this people group.
The 30,000 people who belong to this group live either side of the border between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The majority of them follow Islam. They are yet to have the full Bible in their own language. Pray for those serving among them to readily grasp the language and culture, and to share the love of God effectively in word and deed.
Most of the Fulani are nomadic herdsmen. They migrated southwards to and through Guinea-Bissau during the 15th century and today the Fulakunda are scattered throughout the north-eastern, south-central and south-eastern regions of the country. The Fulakunda of Guinea-Bissau are very devoted to Islam, perhaps because they helped spread it throughout much of Africa. Fervent prayer is needed to break the stronghold Islam has on their lives. Pray too for the effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Fulakunda, with many conversions resulting. Ask God to lend power to the gospel as it is proclaimed via radio in this part of Africa.
In Gabu, a Christian radio station is spreading the good news of the gospel. Evangelica FM broadcasts in Portuguese to the surrounding area and has the support of many churches and congregations. After a recent gathering of pastors, they recommitted themselves to support the station and to give a unified voice for the Christian church in that region. One pastor wrote, “All of us have been awakened to a reality: making the light of Christ shine in the community!” Pray for the staff as they make programmes that bring hope into that community.
The Evangelical Church of Guinea-Bissau is viewed with a good deal of respect by the government after it assisted with humanitarian needs during the civil war and worked with Catholics and Muslims in the political reconciliation efforts. A Christian radio programme is broadcast every week on the country’s national radio, and a new Christian station has just received a broadcasting license. Already antennas have been erected and staff are being trained. Pray for the effectiveness of this station as it seeks to be the voice of Jesus to its local community.
Population: 1,693,398 (2014)
Official languages: Portuguese
GDP (PPP) per capita: $1,568 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 48 years
Religions: 43% Muslim, 41% indigenous beliefs, 11% Catholic, 3% Protestant, 2% Atheist or Agnostic