Jahanka in Gambia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


The Jahanka have been Islamic holy men primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and The Gambia. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur 'anic teaching in the villages. Often the clerics also maintain farms which are cultivated by young boys who receive education in the Qur 'an in exchange for their labor. However, when they lost their slaves in this century, they had to devote more time to farming and less time to religious studies. Their Muslim tradition avoids the notion of jihad (holy war) in favor of pacifism. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all West Africa.

Ministry Obstacles

Pride in a person's knowledge often is a stumblingblock to simple faith in the finished work of Christ.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings exist in the language of the Jahanka. Pray for workers to take this resource to the people.

Prayer Focus

There is an indication there are a few followers of Jesus among the Jahanka. Pray they will be instructed in God's Word, and will grow into mature disciples of Christ. Pray the religious Jahanka people will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and will have a growing desire to find out more about this man. Pray this desire will be satisfied.

Scripture Prayers for the Jahanka in Gambia.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jahanka
People Name in Country Jahanka
Population this Country 6,100
Population all Countries 127,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Diakhanke; Malinka; Malinke; Maninka
People ID 12311
ROP3 Code 104152
Primary Language Jahanka (6,100 speakers)
Language Code jad   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jahanka (6,100 speakers)
Language Code jad   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jahanka

Primary Language:  Jahanka

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
22.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
18.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more