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:

Holistic ministry

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.

New work

Pray for the work among the marginalized Fongoro people of Sudan and Chad.

Pray for growth of the gospel spreading among Fongoro.
Pray for new believers to grow mature in Christ and to influence their community by gospel proclamation in word and deed.
Pray for new believers experiencing persecution or rejection among their community.
Pray for the team ministering among the Fongoro to have an open door for fruitful ministry.

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