The Wolof are indigenous to Western Africa and are found in the countries of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania. The Wolof are the largest people group of Senegal, numbering over 5 million. The Wolof society can be broken down into three classes: first, the nobility class (freeborn people); second, the artisans (blacksmiths, leatherworkers, and musicians); and third, slaves (who continue to serve their parents’ masters). The Wolof are thought to be peaceful people. The Wolof are a very community-oriented group, they work as a community in everything that they do. The Wolof are predominantly Muslim, but they also maintain some animistic beliefs, such as bad spirits in the trees, and witches.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Though Senegal has improved in terms of education, many children do not complete primary school, there is a high illiteracy rate. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 38 percent of African adults are illiterate, and Senegal’s literacy rate is below 50 percent. Furthermore, one in two children will not complete elementary school. Africa’s Children established a school in Senegal. Africa’s Children provides quality education and Christian environment to those in West Africa.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Global Initiative (GI) contributed $2 million to plant 400 churches in 40 countries. They also helped plant churches in Muslim communities in Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Togo. The goal of GI is to equip pastors and church planters in each community to share the gospel with their Muslim neighbors.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for the small number of Wolof believers to have the courage to share the love of Christ with their own people and be strong through persecution.
- Ask God to raise up prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
- Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to missions agencies focusing on the Wolof.
- Ask the Lord to give the Wolof believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with their own people.