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|People Name:||Balanta, Mane|
|Christian Adherents:||0.30 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Affinity Bloc:||Sub-Saharan Peoples|
The Balanta people in Guinea-Bissau are related to other Balanta peoples and live side-by-side with them but have been introduced to Islam by the Mandinkas. They have their own Balanta Mane language and do not speak the related Balanta Kentohe language. In the towns they would understand and speak Creole and maybe some Kentohe, but in the villages they speak Balanta Mane. The Balanta people live in northern Guinea-Bissau and southern Senegal along the border with Guinea-Bissau.
They live a simple and poor lifestyle and raise cattle.
The overwhelming majority practice folk Islam. In Bisabur, Barro and Bijene there are larger groups of Roman Catholics. In southern Senegal there is a Balanta Mane church. A handful of mission agencies are working amongst them.
They need Scriptures or portions of Scriptures in Balanta Mane.
* Pray for those working amongst them to get a good grasp of the language and culture. * Pray for anointed sharing of God's Word that will lead to a movement to Christ. * Pray for the other Balanta believers to have a love, respect and readiness to share the gospel with them.