Introduction / History The Anca are a small group of agricultural people who live in northeastern Nigeria. The adults speak their language of Anca, which is an endangered language. Young people often speak Hausa or English. No Christian resources currently are available in Anca. Many resources are available in Hausa including the complete Bible and the JESUS Film.
Where are they located? The Anca are small indigenous people who are found in Sardauna LGA of Taraba State, in northeastern Nigeria near the Cameroon border.
What are their lives like? The Anca live in a rural villages surrounded by their farmland. They live much like their ancestors have for hundreds of years. They have some things in common with the nearby Manta people of Cameroon.
Most people groups in rural Nigeria like the Anca 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 Anca people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.
The Anca grow maize, rice, millet, beans, melons, and yams. They also raise goats and cattle for their milk, meat and hides. Village elders settle legal disputes and deal with outsiders.
What are their beliefs? Ethnic religion is the religious worldview of the Anca people. That means that they depend on the spirit world for their daily needs. They often use charms and amulets to help them deal with spiritual forces that they can’t control. The Anca believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as animals, tree, rocks, rivers, mountains, and the sky. If these evil spirits are not appeased, they can bring disaster upon the community. The Anca live in fear of the evil spirits that they believe live around their world.
What are their needs? The Anca people need adequate 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 Anca people need the blessings of the Risen Christ, who has conquered death, and will 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 Anca 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 Holy Spirit to move among Anca family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Anca people.
* Pray that soon the Anca people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior. * 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. * Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.
References Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA)