People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Burkinabe, Mossi of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 2,480

ROP3 Code: 106781
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Gur
Language: Mossi - (mos)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Burkina Faso

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 1,100

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 725

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Brief Profile

The Mossi, also known as the Mole or Mosse, are the largest people group in central Burkina Faso where they reside in the villages along the River Basin.

The Mossi speak the Mossi language, also known as Moore, which is spoken in Burkina Faso and also in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Traditionally, from birth until death, major changes in a person's life are marked with formal rites of passage. A Mossi baby is formally presented to the community three days after birth for a boy, and four days after birth for a girl. At that time, the baby's name is announced. The child is formally welcomed into its family and takes the family name. Other important rites of passage include funerals and becoming an adult (for both boys and girls). Marriages are often arranged by the family.

The majority of Mossi adhere to Islam. However, a small percentage are Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God to intervene into the hearts, minds, and lives of Mossi people revealing the ultimate creator God has become intimate via the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray Christians will become friends with Mossi people sharing the message of Christ in both word and deed.


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 StatesBronxNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY1,100
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC725



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