The Bellawa or Beele are few in number and research suggests that they are nearing extinction. They are being absorbed into the much larger Hausa/Fulani culture. As that process continues, the Bellawa people will probably lose their own language of Beele and adopt folk Islam like the Hausa-Fulani. Gospel recordings are available in Beele but no other Christian resources.
The Bellawa people occupy a few villages in Bauchi State of west-central Nigeria.
The Bellawa are an agricultural people live in villages surrounded by their farmlands. They grow maize, rice, yams, millet, beans, vegetables, and melons.
Most people groups in rural Nigeria like the Bellawa enjoy music, story telling and dance as a form of entertainment and communication. These art forms are very meaningful in rural Nigeria. Those who want to take the gospel to the Bellawa people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.
The Bellawa people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, revealed through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.
In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Bellawa depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them deal with spiritual forces. The Beele live in fear of evil spirits, which inhabit the objects of nature.
The Bellawa people need adequate rain for their crops and their livestock so they can live lives free of want and poverty. They need modern medical care and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Solar panels could bring electricity to charge cell phones and run appliances.
The Bellawa people need the spiritual blessings of the Risen Christ. He alone can provide the forgiveness of sins and a new life free from fear of evil spirits.
* Scripture Prayers for the Beele in Nigeria.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Bellawa people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Bellawa families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Bellawa people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Bellawa people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA)
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||12 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Bauchi state: near Bole [bol] language area. A few villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Hausa
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1880-1965)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hausa|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well|
|Film / Video||The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen|
|Film / Video||Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Hausa Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
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|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|