Duwai in Nigeria

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People Name: Duwai
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 20,000
World Population: 20,000
Primary Language: Duwai
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.50 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Chadic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

How would it feel to be part of the Duwai people—a small ethnolinguistic group in northeast Nigeria with no resources or group members to reveal God's saving love? The Duwai live mainly in Nigeria's Yobe State.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Duwai people dwell in harsh, hot conditions, with some residing in remote places. They are probably cattle herders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They have been Muslim since the 11th century, though they mix their Islam with African traditional religions. As far as we know, none of them have put their faith in the only Savior. They have rejected Nigerian missionary efforts, and anyone who accepts Christian literature may be persecuted.

What Are Their Needs?

The Duwai language contains no Christian resources—no Bible portions, JESUS Film or gospel recordings. Nigerian missionaries, along with those equipped from Western countries, need to persevere in attempts to pray for and reach out to the Duwai people. Bible translation is a top priority, along with producing other Christian materials in a form that speaks to the oral Duwai culture.

Prayer Points

Pray for effective production and distribution of Scripture and other Christian materials in the Duwai language.
Pray that the God of the impossible would prepare Duwai hearts to receive Christ.
Pray for ongoing intercession and outreach from Nigerian churches.
Pray anointed witnesses would continue to reach out to Duwai families and community leaders.
Pray for an abundance of disciples prepared and willing to make Duwai disciples.

Text Source:   Joshua Project