Yerwa Kanuris in Nigeria

Unreached of the Day  10/23/2021

Yerwa Kanuris in Nigeria

Initially pastoral, the Kanuri were driven from North Africa by the Arabs, moving to the area around Lake Chad in the late seventh century. The Kanuri became Muslims in the eleventh century, and the area became a center of Muslim learning, reaching its height in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Kanuri were later divided under the rule of the British, French and German African empires.

Ministry Obstacles

Their present faith acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, but denies his place as deity, the Son of God.

Outreach Ideas

Nigerian believers of other tribes may be able to communicate the Gospel message accurately and well to the Kanuri.

Scripture Focus

"...asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance."  Ephesians 1:17-18

Scripture Prayer

Pray for spiritual wisdom and light for the leaders of today’s people group.

Prayer Focus

Pray for Kanuri believers to become effective and fruitful in sowing God's Word among their own families and communities to fuel a movement of God's blessings spreading from household to household. Pray these believers will be united around the truth of the Scriptures. Pray for pastors and teachers to lead them well in the faith. Pray for each Kanuri individual to soon hear the Gospel message in their own tongue, and in an accurate and understandable manner. Pray the Lord prepares them to understand and receive.



People Name Yerwa Kanuris
PronunciationYUR-wa kuh-NOO-ree
Country Nigeria
10/40 Window Yes
Population 7,186,000
World Population 8,109,000
Language Kanuri, Yerwa
Primary Religion Islam
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image