People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Fouta Tooro of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 12,500

ROP3 Code: 103074
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
Language: Pulaar - (fuc)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Senegal

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 7,500

  Cincinnati-Middletown, OH - 5,000

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Brief Profile

The Fouta Tooro are a Fulbe people who originated from several places in central and west Africa, including Senegal. Traditionally, they were named the Pulaar, which is the name of their language.

Historically, they were semi-nomadic and many settled in the state of Fouta Tooro. The area became a multiethnic, multilingual society, ruled by Muslim Fulbe and backed by powerful free and slave armies. The Fulbe of the Futa Jalon (Fulbe Futa) and Fouta Tooro states were able to take advantage of the growing slave trade with the Europeans on the coast, particularly the French and Portuguese.

They speak Pulaar, and place importance on narratives and proverbs that transmit valuable life lessons.

Almost all Fouta Tooro in the United States adhere to Islam, integrating animistic practices into their Muslim religious duties.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will use dreams to reveal the truth and hope found in God becoming an intimate as revealed through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that evangelicals will intentionally live among, learn their language, and share a contextualized form of the Gospel.
  • Pray for a Fouta Tooro community in Cincinnati or New York using a virtual prayerwalk.

People Group Resources

Jesus Film in Pulaar
The Prophets' Story Creation to Christ video in Pulaar.

Jesus Film Project - Magdalena in Pulaar
JESUS Film adaptation with honor/shame theme. Particularly helpful sharing with women. In Pulaar.

Pulaar Bible
Listen to an audio version of the Bible in Pulaar.

The Prophet's Story - Pulaar
The Prophets' Story Creation to Christ video in Pulaar.

Way of Righteousness
Chonological Bible Teaching in Pulaar

Welcome Africans
The Pulaar (language of the Fouta Tooro) page of Welcome Africans seeks to keep up to date with the best audio and visual gospel resources in Pulaar. You can stream audio Bibles, watch the Jesus Film or More than Dreams, listen to Chronological Bible Stories, etc.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesBrooklynNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY7,500
United StatesLocklandCincinnati-MiddletownOH5,000