Hausa of Nigeria
The rise of the seven Hausa states of northern Nigeria occurred between 500 and 700 A.D. The history of the area is intricately tied to Islam and the Fulani who wrested political power from the Hausa in the early 1800s through a series of holy wars. There was an Islamic presence in Hausaland as early as the 11th century. In the early days the number of individuals who accepted Islam was small, and among those who did, it was usually practiced along with traditional Hausa religious beliefs. It was not until the early 1800s that the Fulani began to put pressure on the Hausa to undergo large scale conversion.
There is much mistrust and hostility between the Muslim tribes of northern Nigeria and the more generally Christian tribes to the south.
The many followers of Jesus in southern Nigeria may find ways to more effectively carry the good news of Christ to their Hausa neighbors to the north. Pray they will be able to overcome tribal hostilities.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Ajawa Hausa, that they will find each other and fellowship together. Pray they will trust fully in Christ and his finished work on the cross, and will be given a heart to follow Christ closely. Pray they will be faithful representatives of Christ to their family and friends.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the large Hausa community to increasingly desire to find out more about Isa (Jesus), to search for people to tell them about Jesus. Pray the Lord will give them teachable and understanding hearts. Pray also for peace in northern Nigeria.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." Matthew 9:37-38
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