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

Our Mary Magdalene, Part 1

If we lift up Jesus in our lives, our members, coworkers and our neighbors will be drawn to Him.

By: Fred Coker
September 01 2016, 6:00 am | Comments 0

Meet the Toorays

George and Theresa have been faithfully serving God and keeping their vow to Him.

By: Fred Coker
January 01 2016, 10:33 am | Comments 0

Should I Change My Name? Pt.2

It was not by might nor by power but by the Holy Spirit that this young man gave his life to Christ.

By: Fred Coker
December 01 2015, 11:55 am | Comments 0

Should I Change My Name? Pt.1

We could see a struggle raging within Mohamed.

By: Fred Coker
November 01 2015, 6:49 am | Comments 0

Our New Neighborhood

Moving here has brought me closer to my Jesus than ever before, and I pray that I will be a light for Him among my neighbors.

By: Fred Coker
September 01 2015, 7:17 am | Comments 0

The Harvest in Troubled Times

Amidst the Ebola challenge, we have seen God’s hands at work among the Susu.

By: Fred Coker
August 01 2015, 9:44 am | Comments 0

What God Has Done in Guinea

God is leading the work in Guinea to bigger and better things.

By: Fred Coker and Cathy Coleman
July 01 2015, 11:21 am | Comments 0

Health Outreach in Fria

One woman’s testimony opens doors of influence.

By: Fred Coker
June 01 2015, 5:32 am | Comments 0

School Opens; Rumors Fly

The threat of Ebola still has the entire country of Guinea on edge.

By: Fred Coker
May 01 2015, 12:52 pm | Comments 0

Ebola Arrives in Fria

Jesus is our Protector, even in the worst of situations.

By: Fred Coker
April 01 2015, 4:51 pm | Comments 0

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