Summary The Kyanga in the Joshua Project database are confined to those who speak the Kyanga language. However, there is a large number of ethnic Kyanga who speak other languages. There may be as many as 200,000 ethnic Kyanga. Many are bi-lingual, especially with the Hausa language. There are four clans of Kyanga, which can be distinguished by body markings such as facial scars. Animism is the traditional religion and animal sacrifice, divination, black magic, demon possession and beer drinking were common in the past. However, in the past 70 years or so Islam has become the dominant religion.
Ministry Obstacles The Kyanga people live in northwestern Nigeria, a region heavily populated by Muslim groups such as the Hausa. Resistance to the gospel is traditionally high in these areas.
Outreach Ideas Nigeria has many evangelical Christians. Please pray for a missionary heart to continue to develop in these Christians, and for a vision to carry the gospel to Muslim people groups such as the Kyanga.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are few followers of Jesus today among the Kyanga people, but it's not too early to pray for those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. They will need mature believers to help them become real disciples of Christ.
Pray for the entire people group Pray the Muslim and animist Kyanga will be given a growing interest in Jesus. Pray especially for the imams, that the Lord will draw them to the name of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as they study the Koran. Perhaps the Lord will give some visions or dreams of himself.