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Tera in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
170,000 Tera Christianity 41.00 % 4.00 % No   

Tera in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
Numerous issues negatively impact Tera families: farms are damaged when natural disasters strike, Western and other cultures introduce unwanted social ills, and a major world religion is growing. The sad news is Christians and churches have become complacent over the years. The good news is that many people have seen the widely distributed "JESUS" film in their Tera heart language, and local churches have designed follow-up programs. It is clear that Scripture they deeply understand is essential for discipleship and spiritual growth.

When missionaries brought the Gospel in 1930, they translated John's Gospel. Recent mother tongue translators completed the Gospel of Luke and produced the "JESUS" film. Now this people group wants to complete their New Testament, and eventually they would like a full Tera Bible. Because another major religion is growing, church leaders are motivated to strengthen Christians in their commitment to Christ and to share the Gospel more widely. Tera farmers in northeastern Nigeria practice traditional African religion and Islam, which has grown in popularity. Few Tera speakers understand God's Word in the available regional language. Today 40 percent are nominal Christians, they've requested mother tongue Scripture to read and share.

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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:Gombe state: Yamaltu-Deba LGA; Borno state: Kwayakusar LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Tera
People Name General: Tera
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109963
Joshua Project People ID: 15440
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 170,000
Population all Countries: 170,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Tera
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tera (170,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ttr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity41.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions19.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam40.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent25.00 %
Protestant65.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1930-2008
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tera
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Tera in Nigeria

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    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Tera Nigeria    
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