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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

Pray for the unreached. Despite church growth, increased evangelism and mission and continued responsiveness, 27 unreached peoples remain without an effective witness; 17 of these are Muslim. Most unevangelized lie within the area of witness of several existing mission projects. Churches and missions working in areas with unreached people often tend to favour more responsive or closely related peoples. Pray for the recruitment and deployment of pioneer workers from Africa and the world to evangelize the unreached. Specific challenges include:

a) Muslims, who are stronger in the north but continue to grow in nearly every ethnic group. Only a fraction of the missionary force in Burkina is specifically committed to ministering among Muslims.

     i Groups include the urbanized Soninke, rural Tuareg (WH, AoG), the Kurumba (AoG) and Songhai (WH), all in the north; Bolon in the northwest; the Jula (CMF) and the Bobo Madare (targetted by CAPRO) in the west.

     ii Pray also for the partly nomadic Fulbe, who are a strategic people strung across Central and West Africa. They are responding to the gospel as never before through the witness of several groups: SIM, AoG, WEC, WH, WOI. Converts often face persecution and exclusion from their own people; pray for large enough groups of believers to form in order to overcome the stigma of following Jesus. Pray for the national-level conferences for Fulani believers, holistic church planting efforts, Fulani literacy centres, radio broadcasts, a chronological storying discipleship programme and the plans for a Fulani-language Bible school and missionary training centre.

b) Unreached non-Muslim peoples. Most of these groups are being steadily Islamized, and time is running out before they are inoculated against the gospel by Muslims. They include the Dogose, the Senufo and sub-groups such as the Karaboro (CMA, Mennonites) and the numerous groups related to the Lobi (WEC). They are concentrated in the west and southwest.

Missionaries working in Burkina Faso have a vital role in this land with so many physical and spiritual needs. The work is hard and victories long in coming. But receptivity is high, and missionaries are welcome. Major missions working in the country are WBT, SIM, CMA, Mennonites, AoG, IMB, Apostolic Church, WEC, Lutherans, CAPRO and Deeper Life. Pray for their protection and encouragement. Missionary reinforcements are needed in a wide range of ministries.

     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.