The Hausa is the largest ethnic group in Niger, and one of the most influential groups in West Africa. Nearly one out of every two Nigeriens is Hausa. The majority have been Sunni Muslim since the 11th century. In addition to Islam, many continue to practice their traditional religion, called Maguzawa, especially in remote locations. Hausa Muslims are known for being hospitable to strangers. In the Hausa language, one word, bako, is used to define both “guest” and “stranger”.
Long‐held traditional beliefs present a challenge to the spread of the gospel among the Hausa. Additionally, the perception that Christianity breaks up families and promotes many social problems is a serious obstacle to Hausa families and communities humbly accepting God’s blessing for their families through Jesus.
There is much mistrust and hostility between the Muslim tribes of northern Nigeria and the more generally Christian tribes to the south. Fear that Christianity aims to turn individuals from their families, communities and traditions hinders Hausa families and communities from considering the Gospel.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Hausa to become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Mat 9:37f
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Hausa families and communities. Pray that the Lord will give Hausa families teachable and understanding hearts. Pray also for peace in northern Nigeria. Please also see the prayer points on page 4.
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