The Gonja people are located in the northern part of Ghana, and wealth is concentrated in the southern half of the country.
Most people in northern Ghana live off subsistence farming beside mud-brick, thatched-roof structures. Family incomes are often so low that children stay home to work fields rather than attend school. Poverty is the rule in this part of Ghana. They don’t have enough water, food or jobs. The literacy rate of the Gonja is less than 10%.
More than half of the Gonja people identify as Muslims. There is a small Christian minority. Almost all of Gonja people also adhere to traditional religious practices.
The very low literacy rate of the Gonja people largely requires an oral presentation of the gospel, both for evangelism and discipleship purposes. Communicating with stories from scripture will be useful and probably effective. Recordings and videos will also be helpful.
* Scripture Prayers for the Gonja, Ngbanyito in Ghana.
Pray that the 2020s will be a decade where there is an increase in literacy among the Gonja people.
Pray for the few Gonja believers to be discipled and sent out to those who need the gospel.
Pray for educational opportunities and for good farming methods.
Pray they will soon escape the bonds of poverty and illiteracy.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-20|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-15|
|People Name General||Gonja|
|People Name in Country||Gonja, Ngbanyito|
|Population this Country||385,000|
|Population all Countries||385,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||8|
|Alternate Names||Choruba; Guang; Ngbanyito|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Northern region: upper basin of Volta lake area; Brong-Ahafo region: Kintampa North district, separate area to west. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Gonja
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Film / Video||God's Story video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gonja|
|Film / Video||Walk with Jesus video|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Gonja|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Gonja|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|