Gourma in Togo


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The eastern sixth of Burkina Faso is an area generally characterized by heat and dryness. This is home for the Gourma, Burkina Faso's third largest ethnic group. Major Gourma populations are also found in Niger and Togo, and smaller groups in Benin. The physical climate of the region poses great challenges.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Education poses another great challenge for the Gourma. They have one of the lowest enrollment rates in Burkina Faso. Yet there is hope as almost one half of the primary schools in the area have opened since 1980. Furthermore, 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

SIM International has been at work in this part of West Africa since 1930. They have a history of combining evangelization with physical ministries like health care. They have translated the New Testament, along with some commentaries. Literacy is taught in each church, where the publications are also sold. Old Testament translation is being done by nationals, with UBS supervision. The people, however, remain strongly tied to traditional practices including sun worship, and sacrifices to the spirits. Many Gourma syncretize their traditional religion with Islam, believing in a powerful God who has no time for individuals.


What Are Their Needs?

The lack of adequate water is a stark reality for most Gourma. Some aid organizations have drilled small, deep, bore wells in a few villages. But some women must walk as much as 5 kilometers for water from a dam or a small dug well, sources which are known to dry up before the rainy season begins. In general, the southern regions do not receive enough rainfall to grow surplus crops.


Prayer Points

The Gourma people need the chance to make disciples who will make more disciples. They need Jesus Christ to speak into their communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Gourma in Togo.


References

Pray for the Gourma people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.
Pray for their families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple-making mov


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gourma
People Name in Country Gourma
Alternate Names Bigulimanceba; Gourmance; Gourmancheba; Gourmantche; Gulmachema; Migulimancema
Population this Country 334,000
Population all Countries 1,773,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12004
ROP3 Code 103587
ROP25 Code 302887
ROP25 Name Gurma (Gourma)
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes region: Kpendjal prefecture; east Tone prefecture, Mandouri subprefecture, mostly Korbongou and Mandouri.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes region: Kpendjal prefecture; east Tone prefecture, Mandouri subprefecture, mostly Korbongou and Mandouri..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
22.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
23.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Gourmanchema (334,000 speakers)
Language Code gux   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gourmanchema (334,000 speakers)
Language Code gux   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gourmanchema
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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