Once a trade-based people, the Maninka have become a highly influential people, taking roles as powerful merchants and leaders in both civic and religious arenas. The roots of Maninka greatness and expansion can be traced back to the once great Mali Empire and the independence the Maninka gained in 1235. Many Maninka states and kingdoms were established as they migrated, and many settled in Senegal. The Maninka are agricultural, though they also hunt and raise livestock. Their houses are grouped into compounds according to family ties, but recent trends have slightly weakened the extended family unit. Though they are Islamic, they have retained many of their traditional beliefs and often consult holy men for healing or insight into the future.
Christian resources are available to the Maninka, but they are extremely devoted to their own beliefs and do not see the need to depend on a savior.
The symbolism of Christian ceremonies might interest the Maninka. Also, they seem interested in the supernatural. Stories of the miracles of Jesus might interest them, as well as demonstrations of the power of the Holy Spirit within their own villages. Believers can take stories, skits and songs to them.
"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Psalm 127:1
Pray that this people group understands that all their efforts are worthless unless they subject them to the Lord.
Pray that God would bless their villages and their labors. Pray that they would receive the invitation to become adopted into his family and that those who respond would gather others as well.
|People Name||Eastern Maninka|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|