Mende in Canada

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People Name: Mende
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,100
World Population: 2,729,000
Primary Language: Mende (Sierra Leone)
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 11.00 %
Evangelicals: 5.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mande
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Along with the Tembe, the Mende are the largest people group in Sierra Leone. They also live in neighboring Guinea and Liberia. Some have migrated either to the Unites States or Canada. Most who came to Canada came in the late 20th century or early 21st century to escape war and destruction. Most Mende people in Canada are in Edmonton, Alberta.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mende value a woman’s hair. She is expected to grow thick, beautiful hair. Some work in hair salons.
They had trouble adjusting to Canadian society at first; most had low paid jobs. They often work in the oil fields today, but some have started businesses. More are arriving; they have to start the process of adjusting to a new country, but they have others to help them adjust. They have their own cultural associations.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Mende people are Muslims, there is a Christian minority among them wherever they live. They call upon diviners to make things right when there is serious sickness or natural disasters. Mende people believe in the power of witches.

What Are Their Needs?

The Mende people need to understand that works-righteousness never works and that they desperately need a sin-free savior. As it stands, they waver in a state of spiritual confusion. They also need to understand that Jesus Christ can provide for their nee

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to woo Mende people into a vibrant, unshakable faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray for Christ followers among the Mende to disciple others who will disciple others.
Pray for the Lord’s powerful transformation of Mende families as a testimony to others of his goodness and love.

Text Source:   Joshua Project