Indigenous to West Africa, the Mandinka people number around two million. In Senegal, fewer than 1% of them are Christians, as the predominant religion is Islam (98.8%). Pray that many more Mandinka will hear the good news and come to know Jesus.
In Senegal, West Africa, at least 50,000 children are trained by teachers at Qur’anic schools to beg for money on the streets. Children in these schools often live in ‘slave-like’ conditions, begging for up to 10 hours a day and then handing over what they have earned to their teachers. Pray for an end to this practice, not only in Senegal but in other Muslim communities where it is also taking place. Pray that God would move in power in these situations and that He would open the eyes of government and community members so that this would be prevented from continuing.
Population: 15,589,485 (2016)
Official languages: French
GDP (PPP) per capita: $2,732 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 59 years
Religions: 94% Muslim, 5% Catholic, 1% indigenous beliefs