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The Kuce speaking people of Nigeria live on rugged land in Plateau State. The people are primarily subsistence farmers, although when they need cash, they may spend two to three weeks at a time working in the nearby tin mines.
The Bace are a friendly people who coexist peacefully with the many other culture groups that surround them. The people live in villages, each of which is headed by a chief. The people believe the chief is responsible for their prosperity, and if it fails he is replaced.
Although they believe in a Supreme Being, they consider Him unreachable. Those who do not identify themselves as Christians practice traditional religion, idol worship and fetishism.
Missionaries brought Christianity to the Bace (pronounced Bache) people of Nigeria nearly 100 years ago, and now the majority identify themselves as Christians. However, they still do not have God's Word in Kuce, (Kuche) their heart language, and many believers still live in fear of spirits.
A desire for literacy and education has created great interest, not only among the churches, but also among the people at large. Church and community leaders alike are anxious to see the first phase of a New Testament translation — Luke, Acts and James — completed, with the hope that it will ultimately lead to a complete Kuce New Testament.