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 are a number of Hausa believers. Pray that they would be trained to engage their families and community in discovering and experiencing God's blessing through sharing and discussing Bible stories.
"Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly." Psalm 85:8
Pray that those who follow the Lord among this people group will never return to their old ways.
Pray for Hausa believers to be obedient to the call to make Jesus known. Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Hausa families and communities.
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|