The Fongoro of Sudan
Population: 17,000 living in Sudan
Location and Background: The Fongoro or “Forgy” as they call themselves, live in a remote area bordering Sudan and Chad. They are at risk of being assimilated by the Fur people.
History: The Fongoro people were originally part of the Fur ethnic group or Fur Tribe in western Sudan Darfur region. Around 1845 there was war between the Arab and Fur, and the Fongoro left their indigenous place and moved to southern part of Darfur in Radoum, Baher Alrab. Eventually, some of them moved to Raja in South Sudan. In addition to war, the Fongoro fled toward the South as the Turkish empire was imposing Islam on people in Darfur at that time. Most of the Fur were Old Testament believers and some were Christians who rejected Islam and ran away from the areas where the Turkish Empire had power. They stayed together as groups and later on they developed their own language, which is very similar to Fur language. They have a similar culture and look like the Fur.
Culture: The Fongoro ethnic group is divided into clans. All of them speak the same language, practice the same customs, and depend upon farming and goats and cattle. They marry more than one wife.
Religions: Majority are Muslims plus African traditional religion; very few of the new generation have accepted Jesus.
Latest Prayer Updates:
We are doing training for new believers to prepare them for baptism in Darfur.
There are three new believers so far on this trip!
We started new two home churches in Darfur and one new bible study group in Khartoum. Please pray for them.
1- for security in Darfur
2- for the team
3- for new believers to grow in Christ .
4- for the three new believers facing persecution from their families .
5- This week is disciple- making training which includes Fongoro believers. May these new believers grow in Christ .
Pray for minimizing of the marginalization of the Fongoro community.
Pray for God’s intervention to provide basic needs of life. The Fongoro need access to developmental activities to enhance their living standards.
Pray for holistic ministry and for more friends nationally and internationally to stand with ministry among Fongoro.