Soninke in France

Unreached of the Day  8/30/2021

Soninke in France

The Soninke people of West Africa were one of the first immigrant communities in France. Most Soninke men seek employment in hard labor jobs such as construction. Often single men live together in houses known as "foyers," and these foyers have given Soninke women an opportunity to run small businesses by cooking for these men. The women have organized themselves into groups where they contribute money to meet needs in their community. They also help with projects such as starting schools back in their villages in Africa. Soninke in France work hard, so their children can have a higher education and have the chance of reaching professional status. Soninke are strong Muslims and maintain cultural ties in France. They rarely marry those outside their ethnic community.

Ministry Obstacles

Fear of being rejected by their families and community keeps Soninke people from accepting Christ.

Outreach Ideas

Those who follow Christ need to be diligent in finding opportunities to direct Soninke people to God's word, so they can find the only Savior. Believers need to befriend Soninke people in France and introduce them to their heavenly friend, Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus

"And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you."  Zechariah 2:11

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group would be among the many nations that soon join themselves to the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Pray that the Soninkes in Africa, France and beyond would be open to Christ's answers for their lives and respond with love and devotion to him. Pray that believers would not grow weary in reaching out to Soninke people in France through Bible portions and the God's Way videos in the Soninke language.



People Name Soninke
Pronunciationsuh-NING-kay
Country France
10/40 Window No
Population 41,000
World Population 2,848,900
Language Soninke
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image