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Maya in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,400 Bali Christianity 90.00 % 9.00 % No No   

Maya in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Maya people are hardworking farmers. Their crops include guinea corn, millet, maize and groundnuts. Projects for economic, medical and educational development are under way, including efforts to improve water supplies through drilling boreholes. Girls tend to drop out of school to help at home and marry very young.

A linguistic workshop culminated in a meeting in which Maya people met together to discuss the best ways to write their language. More than 150 people attended. The eagerness, zeal and testimonials at the workshop gave them a new sense of pride in their language. The Maya are enthusiastic about having the Scriptures in their mother tongue.

What are their beliefs?
Since the early 1930s, the Maya have known about the Gospel. As a result, 90 percent affiliate with Christianity. Outside influences of many kinds have affected the area, and traditional religion is less visible now.

What are their needs?
The Maya people manage a living from their land, but struggle with limited resources. Local churches are highly motivated to translate Scripture into the Maya language. They see its potential for unifying and bringing revival to their churches, which typically have struggled with disunity. God's Word in the heart language will also encourage believers to grow in their understanding of the Bible and to share the Good News in meaningful ways. In addition, having things written in Maya will promote development and help Maya speakers preserve their culture and language.

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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Adamawa state: Numan LGA, at Bali on Jalingo road.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Maya
People Name General: Maya
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100847
Joshua Project People ID: 10605
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,400
Population all Countries: 4,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Maya
Ethnic Code: NAB66c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bali (4,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bcn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 9.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2011
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Maya in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Adamawa-Ubangi     Africa, West and Central    
      Maya Nigeria    
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            Maya in Nigeria          
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      Christianity     Bali  
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