Introduction / History
Most Mushere people are still influenced by traditional African religion and polytheism – the worship of many spirits. No meaningful decision is made without first consulting "Miskhakam Kun," the only priest qualified to approach Naan, the primary god, or the goddess Mat-Naan. These deities are believed to own the land, animals and even mankind. A peaceful coexistence between man and the spirit world requires incantations, strict adherence to many religious laws and animals sacrifices.
An astounding 95 percent of Mushere speakers profess Christianity, yet without God's Word in their language, traditional African beliefs inform the daily decisions.
Located primarily in Plateau State the Mushere are not rich people. They are farmers growing and harvesting garden vegetables for their own consumption. They also make their living from the forest selling timber and other products.
Without exposure to the God of Scripture, slavery to the gods of traditional religion will continue for generations. The only hope for the Mushere peoples' future is a revelation of the Gospel's message in their heart language. Short audio Bible stories and evangelistic messages have been recorded in Mushere. They explain salvation and give basic Christian teaching. But more is needed and the Mushere churches have banded together to endorse a New Testament translation effort.
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