About the People
Guinea-Bissau is the world’s fifth-poorest nation and has the fifth-lowest Human Development Index. Two-thirds of the population lives in extreme poverty. During the civil war of 1998-99, much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed, and it has been slow to recover under a cloud of persistent anarchy. The UN has declared it as the first narcotic state in Africa. It has become a transit point for cocaine from Colombia to Europe and heroin from Southeast Asia to the United States.
Guinea-Bissau’s population is dominated by more than 20 African ethnicities, including the Balante, one of the largest ethnic groups in the country, the Fulani and their subgroups, the Diola, Nalu, Bijagó, Landuma, Papel and the Malinke. There is also a small Cape Verdean minority with mixed African, European, Lebanese and Jewish origins. During the colonial period, the European population consisted mainly of the Portuguese and included some Lebanese, Italian, French and English groups and other nationalities. Notably, there was never a substantial settler population in Guinea-Bissau as in other Portuguese colonies.
About 40% of Guinea-Bissau’s population is Muslim. Among Christians, who make up about 20% of the population, Roman Catholicism predominates. About 17% of the population practices traditional beliefs, including ancestor worship, demonic possession and animism. Christianity and Islam tend to be syncretized with African traditional beliefs.
About the Project
More information coming soon.
- Population: 318,000 Animists
- Language: Portuguese (official)
- Religion: Animism
Please pray for the missionaries in Guinea-Bissau. Also, please share this good news with your colleagues, friends, and family because, after all, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket” (Matthew 5:15).
March 01 2023, 9:51 am | Comments 0
Going for a haircut, shopping or purchasing gas. They can be powerful opportunities to share God’s love.
January 01 2023, 8:47 am | Comments 0
We are confident that God will use him to reach many family members and others who need to know how much the Savior loves them.
December 01 2022, 4:33 pm | Comments 0
We can move forward smiling from ear to ear, confident that the One who called us will do the work through us and in us.
September 01 2022, 11:23 am | Comments 0
Praise God for the gift of tongues and the gift of love. Thank you for joining us in serving the people of Guinea-Bissau.
July 01 2022, 10:14 am | Comments 0