The Pulaar live throughout West Africa and number over 1 million. They are thought to be descendants of Wolof and Sereres tribes. There are 4 different classes among the Pulaar. The different classes within the Pulaar are Torobe (aristocrats or Islamic leaders), Rimbe (administrators, traders, farmers), Nyenbe (artisans) and the Matyube (slaves). These different social classes are usually inherited throughout the different generations. Pulaar typically only marry within their social class. Many young Pulaar males have begun to move into the cities in search of better job opportunities. The Pulaar are devout followers of Islam but still practice spiritism and magic.
Most Pulaar live in rural areas where they farm, fish and raise livestock. Large numbers of Pulaar(particularly youth) are moving to cities in search of better job opportunities. Consider addressing the challenges of reaching the rural population and the need to minister to the youth, who are experiencing changes from the traditional Pulaar ways of life.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are no known believers among the Pulaar of West Africa. The Assemblies of God first began to establish itself in West Africa in 1949, and the first church was established in 1957. Since then 69 churches have been planted as well as a Bible Institute. As part of Temple Evangelique an academy was established to minister to children from several countries.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Global Initiative (GI) put forth $2 million in order to plant churches among Muslim peoples in 40 countries including Senegal. Some of these churches are simply brick huts or rented homes. Planting churches in Muslim areas always has risk of hardship and even danger, but as Greg Beggs stated, “Global Initiative understands this well. They are helping us plant His church in some of the hardest and most resistant places remaining.”
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for doors of ministry to open so that a church can be planted among this people group.
- Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Pulaar.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would move among the Pulaar and prepare the way for the workers called to reach them.
- Ask God to save key Pulaar leaders who will share the love of Jesus with their own people.
Info and photo source: Joshua project