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Barke, Burkanawa in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
21,000 Mburku Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.75 % No No   

Barke, Burkanawa in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Burkanawa or Barke are a people group which is adopting the culture and lifestyle of the dominant Hausa-Fulani. The Hausas and Fulanis are merging. They are dominant people in northern Nigeria. As that process continues, the Burkanawa people may lose their own language and culture and adopt folk Islam like the Hausa-Fulani. Gospel recordings are available in the Mburku language but no written Scripture.

Where are they located?
The Burkanawa are majorly found in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State in northeastern Nigeria.

What are their lives like?
Illiteracy is high among the Burkanawa people of Nigeria. Most still live in rural communities and farm the land surrounding the village.

Most people groups in rural Nigeria like the Burkanawa enjoy music, story telling and dance as a form of entertainment and communication. These art forms are very meaningful in rural Nigeria. Those who want to take the gospel to the Burkanawa people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.

The Burkanawa or Barke are an agricultural people. They grow yams, rice, maize, beans, millet, and melons. They also raise goats and cattle for their meat, milk and hides. Chickens provide eggs and meat.

Village elders settle legal disputes and deal with outsiders.

What are their beliefs?
The Burkanawa people adhere to a mixture of Islam and folk religion religion. They depend on the spirit world for their daily needs even though they may call themselves Muslims. The Burkanawa often use charms and amulets in an attempt to control spiritual forces. They believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as animals, trees, rock, mountains, rivers, and the sky. The evil spirits must be appeased or they can bring disaster upon the community. The Burkanawa live in fear of these evil spirits.

What are their needs?
The Burkanawa people need abundant rain for their crops and their livestock so they can live lives free of want and poverty. They need medical care and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The Burkanawa people need the blessings of the Risen Christ, who has conquered death, and can give them abundant life if they are willing to accept His guidance. They need the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, who alone is the judge of all mankind. Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats on Judgment Day.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Burkanawa people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Burkanawa families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for the Burkanawa culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Burkanawa people.
* Pray for Burkanawa families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness through Christ alone, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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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:Bauchi state: Darazo LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Barke, Burkanawa
People Name General: Barke
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101073
Joshua Project People ID: 10691
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 21,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Barke
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mburku (21,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bbt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.75 %)
Ethnic Religions50.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam46.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Barke, Burkanawa in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Barke Nigeria    
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            Barke, Burkanawa in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Mburku  
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