Introduction / History
The Bade live in Yobe State and Jigawa State, Nigeria. Most are farmers; however, they usually practice some other occupation during the dry season. Those who farm raise millet as their staple crop, and supplement it with sorghum, corn, and peanuts. They raise sheep, goats, and some horses.
Their settlements vary in size; but most contain walled-in compounds surrounding several mud or grass houses with thatched, cone-shaped roofs. These houses are very cool during the hot months. Farmland surrounds each settlement.
Towns serve as local markets and administrative centers. They contain a local school and mosque. Attached to the mosque are smaller schools for religious teachings.
The household (not the family itself) is an important economic unit. The greater the number in a family, the more prestige the family head is given.
Bade (also spelled Bede or Bedde) is a West Chadic language spoken by the Bade people. There are three major dialects of Bade, Western Bade, Gashua Bade, and Southern Bade. Speakers are shifting to Hausa.
What are Their Beliefs?
Mixture of Animism and Islam. Some superstitions are still practiced in conjunction with Islam. Charms and amulets are worn around the neck or in pockets for various reasons. There is a charm to ensure a good pregnancy for a mother. There is also one to keep the ghost of the dead from haunting its descendants.
Though there are several hundred believers among the Bade, the churches in the area where they live worship in the Hausa language. There are no known evangelical organizations specifically focusing on the Bade with church planting strategies.
* Ask God to call people who are willing to go to Africa and share the love of Jesus with the Bade.
* Pray that God will use the small number of Bade believers to share the Gospel with their friends and families.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bade towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
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