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Ham in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
342,000 Hyam Christianity 85.00 % 75.00 % No   

Ham in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Gurara River and several seasonal streams thread through the Nigerian valley where these Ham people live. Their language, called Hyam, is spoken in more than 100 villages and 27 districts.

What are their lives like?
The river supports their robust agricultural lifestyle. Ever since the British introduced ginger plants during colonial days, Hyam speakers have raised it as a cash crop. In addition, personal staples on their farms include rice, guinea corn, millet and cocoyam.

What are their beliefs?
Hyam speakers, who are mostly Christians, generally live in peace, sharing their lands with several other groups. This includes some major language speakers who practice another religion.

Christianity came to the area in the early 1900s. Today, about 80 percent of Hyam speakers are believers, and they exhibit a strong faith. But until now, God's Word has not been available to them in a form that is easily understandable. It's only in English or Hausa, the regional language. Another problem, especially in the rural areas, many don't understand or use either language well.

When the Hyam people understand God's Word, they will easily be able to apply it to their daily lives. They will better understand Christian assurance and realize that obedience is a result of salvation, rather than a condition for salvation. Young people will understand the biblical nature and consequences of immorality in God's eyes. More important, they'll recognize Christ's power to help them. Hyam Christians will also have the tools they need for effective outreach.

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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:Kaduna state: Kachia and Jema’a LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Ham
People Name General: Ham
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103930
Joshua Project People ID: 12165
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 342,000
Population all Countries: 342,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Ham
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hyam (342,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jab    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 75.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican15.00 %
Independent60.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1921-1923
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hyam
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Ham in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Ham Nigeria    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Ham in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Hyam  
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