Jula in Canada

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Introduction / History

The name jula means "itinerant trader," and the Jula (AKA, Dyula) people are still well respected for their trading abilities. The trading posts established by the Jula for hundreds of years eventually morphed into market villages and cities. They have left their mark on West African history and economy. The Jula are the descendants of the Malinke (Mandingo), inheritors of the ancient Mali Empire. Between the Arab world to the north and the black African nations to the south, Mali has always been the cultural crossroads of western Africa. The result is a cultural mix that the Jula contribute to through their music, dance, and beautiful jewelry. By the time the Mali Empire was at its peak in the 1300s, the Jula had made Mali their trade base for West Africa. They traded gold, millet, slaves, cola nuts, and anything else of value. Later, the Maninka rulers of Mali began spreading Islam throughout the African plains, and the Jula became strong converts.

Where Are they Located?

Today most live along the trade routes of West Africa. Jula clans have settled in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali. A smaller number have migrated to Western nations such as Canada and the United States.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Jula society is hierarchical and caste based. They live in clans, and the clan is the most important aspect of their lives. The people are fiercely loyal to their clans, proudly defending them. The father is the head of the family and inheritances are passed down from fathers to their sons. Older males possess the most power and influence. All this is being challenged among those who have migrated to North America. Most likely, the Jula mix socially with other African immigrants. Their personal contacts probably include other Africans and anyone who is Sunni Muslim they meet at the mosques. African immigrants to North America tend to be from the wealthy communities. Most like these West African traders are involved in high level commerce in Canada and the United States.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Jula are Sunni Muslim. Most of the others hold traditional animistic beliefs (believe that non-living objects have spirits). West African Islam does, however, generally retain local traditions and is more tolerant of diversity than elsewhere. The Jula people’s traditional animistic beliefs get challenged as they interface with Muslims from various parts of the world. As one generation gives way to the next, it will be difficult to maintain traditional religion, especially in a Western setting like they find in Canada. The Jula people hold Muslim scholars in high esteem. They are responsible for educating the people in the teachings of the Koran. The teachings of the Koran share several similarities with Christianity: the belief in one all-powerful God, the existence of protecting angels, and they even have a belief in the second coming of Jesus, though it puts Mohammed in the primary position. There is much to build upon, but the Jula people need to understand they are sinners in need a savior.

What Are Their Needs?

The complete Bible has been translated into the Jula language. There are many Christian believers in Canada who can take Bibles and other resources to these Muslims who are separated from the abundant life offered by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to bless the Jula people economically and spiritually as a testimony of his goodness and power. Pray for good fruit to come from efforts to take Christ to the Jula people. Pray for spiritual openness among the Jula people in Canada. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Jula people this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Jula, Dyula in Canada.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jula, Dyula
People Name in Country Jula, Dyula
Natural Name Jula
Pronunciation JOO-lah
Population this Country 3,100
Population all Countries 5,208,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Djoula; Dyula; Joula; Kong; Kong Dyula; Kong Jula; Maasina; Malinka; Wangara; Yola
People ID 12375
ROP3 Code 104323
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Jula (3,100 speakers)
Language Code dyu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jula (3,100 speakers)
Language Code dyu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jula

Primary Language:  Jula

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1992-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1993-1997)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008-2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Jula
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video Walk with Jesus video
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Jula
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.30 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Alfonso Castellanos - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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