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Introduction / History
In northeastern Nigeria where the Dza, also known as the Jenjo, people live large-scale farms raise coffee, tea, groundnuts and cotton as cash crops. Their state also produces large numbers of sheep, cattle and goats as well as breeding rabbits, poultry and pigs.
What are Their Beliefs?
The Good News first came to the Dza through Christian workers in the 1940s. Today, about 35 percent claim faith in Christ. About 10 percent follow another major world religion while the rest practice traditional African beliefs.
Eight Christian denominations have established work among the Dza. Despite economic challenges, local churches are highly motivated to translate Scripture into their own language. At a meeting to discuss the project’s feasibility, all the denominations were well-represented. They know having access to God’s Word in the language they speak will allow for greater impact in discipleship. It will also help the community preserve their language, promote unity among them as a people and give them tools for evangelism.