Quick facts about the Lebou
- Location: Senegal
- Also Known As: Lébu
- Status: Engaged by IMB
- Population: 150,000
- Primary Religion: Islam
- Number of Christians: 15-20
- Language: Wolof, French, Arabic
- The Lebou are West Africa's fishermen and are located in villages sandwiched between the Sahara desert and the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Lebou love to laugh, love to play, and love to spend time with friends.
- Although many have heard the gospel, few are willing to leave Islam.
Please pray that God would open the eyes and hearts of the Lebou people to hear and respond to the gospel, to grow in obedience to the Word, and to evangelize their families and friends until all the Lebou people have heard and had a chance to respond to the Good News!
Learn more about the Lebou!
The Lebou people consider themselves to be the descendents of Pharoah's court magicians. In the aftermath of the Israelite Exodus, they left Egypt and migrated across North Africa to the Cape Vert Peninsula, now known as Dakar, Senegal. The Lebou are fishermen and can be seen plying their trade all along the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Today their way of living is threatened by the commercial fishing industry which is over-fishing their traditional fishing grounds, and by the tourism industry which is rapidly overtaking their land. This time of transition for them is a time of opportunity for those who seek to reach them with the gospel.