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 Neighbor, Tanti

Over the past six years, I have befriended Mrs. Kieta (Tanti), an Ivorian lady who is married to a Malinke Muslim.

By: Isatta Coker
March 01 2014, 3:51 pm | Comments 0

The Great Controversy Unfolds

On the mission front lines we often encounter our foe Satan and his angels undisguised—not hiding behind the masks they wear in the Western world.

By: Fred Coker
February 01 2014, 12:02 pm | Comments 1

The Next Level

When we started working among the Susu people ten years ago, we were having worships in our homes.

By: Fred Coker
January 01 2014, 9:59 am | Comments 0

With God, All Things are Possible

It all began on June 30, 2007, when I asked my girlfriend Marguerite to marry me.

By: Pastor Niouma
December 01 2013, 11:20 am | Comments 0

Our Dream Vehicle

Do you believe dreams have meaning?

By: Fred Coker
November 01 2013, 12:08 pm | Comments 2

Hunger for Truth

“None of our Muslim leaders has ever come to visit us in prison, but you Christians take time to come and speak to us and give us hope. Something is wrong somewhere.”

By: Fred Coker
January 01 2013, 11:32 am | Comments 0

The Courage of Our Disciples

This outpouring of support and effort from our little band of believers is a very positive indication that your prayers and financial support over the past 10 years have not been in vain.

By: Fred & Isatta Coker
April 01 2012, 8:09 am | Comments 0

Surrendering All

We are thankful to God for our teammates in Guinea who are carrying on the work in our absence.

By: Fred Coker
March 01 2012, 6:36 am | Comments 0

Nafisatu Comes Home

This story reminds me of the parable of the lost sheep.

By: Fred & Isatta Coker
February 01 2012, 5:52 am | Comments 0

The Human Race in God’s Eyes

Before the creation of man, God brought everything into existence with the phrase, “Let there be . . .”

By: Fred Coker
December 01 2011, 9:45 am | Comments 0

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