Tera in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Tera only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Numerous issues negatively impact Tera families: farms are damaged when natural disasters strike, Western and other cultures introduce unwanted social ills, and a major world religion is growing. The sad news is Christians and churches have become complacent over the years. The good news is that many people have seen the widely distributed "JESUS" film in their Tera heart language, and local churches have designed follow-up programs. It is clear that Scripture they deeply understand is essential for discipleship and spiritual growth.

When missionaries brought the Gospel in 1930, they translated John's Gospel. Recent mother tongue translators completed the Gospel of Luke and produced the "JESUS" film. Now this people group wants to complete their New Testament, and eventually they would like a full Tera Bible. Because another major religion is growing, church leaders are motivated to strengthen Christians in their commitment to Christ and to share the Gospel more widely. Tera farmers in northeastern Nigeria practice traditional African religion and Islam, which has grown in popularity. Few Tera speakers understand God's Word in the available regional language. Today 40 percent are nominal Christians, they've requested mother tongue Scripture to read and share.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tera
People Name in Country Tera
Population in Nigeria 156,000
World Population 156,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pilimdi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Tera
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 15440
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gombe state, Yamaltu-Deba LGA; Borno state, Kwayakusar LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tera (156,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tera 156,000
For Primary Language: Tera

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1930-2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Tera Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
74.00 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
25.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
65.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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