Susu

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

Numbering nearly a million, the Susu are primarily farmers. Rice and millet are their two principal crops. They also grow mangoes, pineapples, and coconuts. Children are expected to help with a large amount of the work.

The Susu are descendants of the thirteenth-century Mali Empire. They moved to Guinea after 1725 when the Fulani attempted to dominate them and managed to convert them to Islam. Today, many Susu are traders and experts in leather and metal crafts. They also fish and mine salt.

Susu houses are generally quite large in order to accommodate extended families. They are built of either mud or cement blocks, depending on what’s available. In the rural areas, roofs are usually still made of thatch. Most cooking is done over open fires.

About the Project

Extended family is important to the Susu. Polygamy is allowed under Islamic law, but only some can afford to practice it. Although the Susu value good relationships, they tend to squabble with their neighbors, especially over money or property. Therefore, each village usually has a “wise man” as well as an elected or appointed leader to help resolve conflicts.

Friday meetings at the mosques are important social events for most Susu. The Susu are 85 percent Muslim, and Islam dominates their religious culture and practices. The New Testament is available in their language.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 1 million
  • Language: Susu
  • Religion: Islam

Frontier Stories

Education Outreach

By providing high-quality education for our students’ minds, we gain the opportunity to educate their hearts and bring them to Jesus.

By: Fred Coker
July 01 2019, 1:15 pm | Comments 0

Ernestine’s Dream

Ernestine was the first to come forward. Our eyes met, and we both began to cry. God had done His part, so Ernestine was doing hers. She was baptized that day in her new Pathfinder uniform.

By: Fred Coker
June 01 2019, 4:10 pm | Comments 0

Baptize Me Now!

The joy was overwhelming. Everyone rushed forward and pressed around Pastor Oumar, his wife and their first daughter.

By: Fred Coker
May 01 2019, 2:17 pm | Comments 0

Power in Forgiveness

My wife and I lifted up Mohamed in prayer daily. We prayed that the Lord would finish what He had started in him by manifesting Himself in his life in a special way.

By: Fred Coker
April 01 2019, 1:50 pm | Comments 0

The Susu Project— A Shining Light

The Susu Project exemplifies the purpose and method of AFM’s ministry—to work hand in hand with the local leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the country, to reach indigenous people with the gospel and equip them to take over the work and advance God’s kingdom among their own people.

By: Ricardo Palacios
January 01 2019, 4:13 am | Comments 0

On the Front Line

Even in the worst of situations, God has important lessons for us to learn that will greatly bless our lives.

By: Fred Coker
November 01 2018, 9:24 am | Comments 0

The Battlefield

Please lift up the frontier missionaries that the Holy Spirit puts on your heart as you read this magazine. As you pray for us, you are striking a blow for God’s kingdom.

By: Fred Coker
October 01 2018, 7:19 am | Comments 0

Catching a Big Fish, Part II

Part I: When Pastor Oumar returned to town, Fred was worried. Formerly a minister in another denomination, Pastor Oumar had been a bitter opponent of the Adventist Church. But when Fred learned that Pastor Oumar’s wife was suffering from demon possession, he saw an opportunity to help.

By: Fred Coker
August 01 2018, 9:15 am | Comments 0

Catching a Big Fish, Part I

I believed God was going to do something wonderful for Pastor Oumar and his wife.

By: Fred Coker
June 01 2018, 10:29 am | Comments 1

Taking the Message Beyond the Hills

Like Christ, our missionaries leave the comfort of their homes, families and friends to go and serve in underdeveloped countries where things like electricity and running water are privileges.

By: Isatta Coker
April 01 2018, 5:13 am | Comments 0

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