Pray for the unreached Fulani people

Who are the Fulani people?

The Fulani in Western Niger are sometimes called “Gorgaabe”, meaning “People of the West”. The majority of them have settled in and around towns and cities in the Departments of Niamey and Dosso, some have become farmers, although owning cattle is still a key part of their ethnic identity. Fulani culture places a high value on self-control and on a certain stoicism which does not allow any demonstration of weakness. When one Fulani wants to express friendship towards another, he will lend him a cow. The person receiving the cow takes care of it until it has a calf, and then he returns it to the owner. 

What do they believe?

The Fulani are overwhelmingly Muslim; however, their traditional pre-Islamic rituals and beliefs are still followed today and only vaguely linked with Islam. Although it’s not fully understood, Islam is part of their ethnic identity, and it has been said that it is not possible to be Christian and Fulani at the same time.

What is being done to reach them?

A joint Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) team which started in May 2016 has been sent by AIM and SIM to the Fulani of Niger. The vision is to see Fulani families hear and respond to the gospel and establish a Fulani Church, where Fulani can worship the Lord and hear God’s word taught in their own language. The team have already seen a few Fulani come to know Christ.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

“We are grateful to God for His work in the lives of us and our friends. The Lord is good. He is faithful and leads our steps. How good it is to be in His service and under His guidance…Through various opportunities, including giving help or medical advice, we met several people from a neighbouring community. It was also an opportunity to pray for these people and to share the Word. A man from this village now comes to our worship on Sunday morning. Thank you for praying for this neighbouring community and for this father, son of one of the chiefs of this village…thank you for continuing to pray for our team so that we have the wisdom to manage the last 6 months of our time together. May our lives glorify Him.”

Gilles & Myriam are AIM mobilisers for French speaking Europe. They recently visited a TIMO team in Niger, where one of our members, Angèle is serving. They write “Last May a TIMO team began work among the Fulani people of Niger – a partnership between SIM and AIM. It is a very international team: Australian, American, French and Kenyan members have immersed themselves in the Fulani culture and have built deep and significant relationships with many families in their village. Daily life is very challenging; the Fulani culture includes many complex rituals and the spiritual warfare is intense as many Fulani people are showing a real interest in the Gospel. 6 of the new teams’ friends have accepted Jesus as their saviour and were recently baptised. The team, being obedient to persevere, to love and to bless their neighbour, is just watching God revealing Himself to these people enslaved by fears, and a dark worldview. Please pray for whole families to come to Jesus, and for unity and perseverance for the team.”

Angèle is part of the TIMO team working among the Fulani in Niger. This week she has shared a wonderful story with us of God at work: He brought a friend and her baby safely through a difficult childbirth, and the friend’s father and two wives have since come to faith in Jesus! A local village chief has also come to faith: “…some time ago, one night in his hut, he begged [God] to reveal to him whether the truth is the way of his religion or that of the Christians. That night he had a dream by which God showed him that truth is the path that Christians follow, namely Jesus. He did not give the details of his dream but he was really looking for the truth. T. [a local Fulani pastor] explained to him the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ and this Saturday morning the chief decided to follow Jesus, because for him the most important thing is to walk in the truth even if his family does not understand and even if the people would oppose him.Since then he is thirsty to know more and comes several times a day to Warwick to listen to recordings in Fulani and to know his Saviour better. We are amazed to see how God has attracted these people to Jesus.” Praise God for these new believers, and please pray for their growth in faith in these first weeks of their new lives as followers of Jesus.

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