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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso


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Area: 274,200 sq km

A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.

Population: 16,286,706    Annual Growth: 3.45%

Capital: Ouagadougou

Urbanites: 20.4%

HDI Rank: 177 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 79 (35% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French, spoken by a minority of the population. Trade languages Moore (the Mossi language), Jula in south and west    Languages: 70 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Bible translation is a ministry of major significance, with three key bodies involved – UBS, ANTBA (a national translation and literacy agency) and SIL. Only five languages of any notable population have the whole Bible – Moore(Mossi), Bambara, Bobo Madare (in 2004), Gourmanchema (Gurma, in 2008) and Jula (2008). WBT has six workers committed, and five other missions (including WEC and the Mennonites) are involved in translation work. There are currently 28 active Bible translation projects with a need for 12 more. Present and future translators need prayer in order to complete this immense task; several of these languages have no written form, so for each, one must first be developed. Literacy programmes are also essential for many areas so that Burkinabé may read the new translations – ANTBA is doing extensive work in this area.

Media ministries – high levels of illiteracy and poverty and the limited availability of literature in local languages enhance the importance of other media.

a) Radio is used to broadcast the gospel in many languages and into many remote areas. Radio Evangile Développement was one of the first, but now there are many indigenously run Christian radio stations, especially in the west and southwest.

b) Audio materials for evangelism and teaching have not been adequately used, yet they are vital for ministry. GRN has made recordings in 73 languages and dialects, including over 20 “tail-ender” languages that previously had no translated Scriptures. Pray for the wise distribution of solar and crank-wound players such as the Saber, Proclaimer and MegaVoice.

c) The JESUS film is proving a key pioneer evangelistic tool in Bambara/Jula and is available in 15 Burkinabé languages.

     For an additional 10 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Burkina Faso.