The lives and the history of the Gourma, or Gorma, people does not stand out among the many peoples who inhabit West Africa. Yet unlike many of their neighbors, the Gourma people are in a state of spiritual transformation. They embrace traditional religion, but they will probably either wind up Islamic or Christian in the decades to come.
SIM International has translated the New Testament, along with some commentaries for this people group. An Old Testament translation is being done by nationals, with United Bible Society (UBS) supervision.
The eastern sixth of Burkina Faso is home for the Gourma people where they make up the third largest ethnic group. There is a smaller number who live in Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Togo.
The physical climate of the Gourma's homeland poses great challenges. The lack of adequate water is a stark reality for most Gourma people. Some women must walk as much as five kilometers for water from a dam or a small well. These sources of water have been known to dry up before the rainy season begins. For this reason, it is very difficult for the Gourma people to grow crops.
Education poses another great challenge for the Gourma people, yet there is hope as there has been a growing interest in learning to read and write in their own language, largely through the efforts of a professor from the University of Ouagadougou. There is a great interest in using literacy to help meet practical needs. Publications in their own language include health pamphlets and a monthly newspaper.
The Gorma people as a whole remain strongly tied to traditional practices including sun worship, and sacrifices to the spirits. Many syncretize their traditional religion with Islam, believing in a powerful God who has no time for individuals.
Like other people groups in rural West Africa, the Gourma people would greatly benefit from running potable water and electricity. They also need good schools that will prepare their children for the changes of the 21st century. On a spiritual level, there is a need for them to hear the gospel and have a chance to respond to it.
Pray for spiritual openness among the Gourma people of Nigeria.
Pray that their elders and clan leaders will decide to allow their people to follow Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among the Gourma people of West Africa.
Scripture Prayers for the Gourma in Nigeria.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Gourma|
|People Name in Country||Gourma|
|Alternate Names||Bigulimanceba; Gourmance; Gourmancheba; Gourmantche; Gulmachema; Migulimancema|
|Population this Country||44,000|
|Population all Countries||1,730,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Gurma (Gourma)|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||6 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
Primary Language: Gourmanchema
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1958-1990)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||Story Runners|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gourmanchema||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Gourmanchema||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Gourmanchema||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|