How do we pray for them?
July-2021

Scattered across the Sahara, it was Fulani tribes who spread Islam through much of West Africa.

Pray that the Lord will open Fulani eyes that they may find their God-given identity in Christ, and use them to spread the gospel through the countries and peoples right across northern Africa.

Colonialisation and post-colonial governments have often left the Fulani marginalised and resentful. The jihadists are profiting from this to target Fulani for recruitment to their cause. Pray for Fulani to resist this temptation, and for God to halt this terrorist insurgency.

Many surrounding peoples mistrust the Fulani, and identify any Fulani as a terrorist. This has caused inter-ethnic attacks on the Fulani, even at times from government forces. Pray for the restoration of peace and trust between different ethnic groups.

Christian Fulani are threatened by both sides — distrusted by other ethnic groups for being Fulani, and distrusted by other Fulani for being Christian. They are often persecuted and targeted. Pray for protection and courage as they continue serving Christ in the midst of danger.

— Pete in West Africa

And on the other side of the continent, a God-inspired connection…

A group of nomadic travellers strolled into town, camping nearby, and would come to our clinic in Doro, South Sudan, where SIM has a team. Their language was foreign, their clothing and hairstyle atypical for the region. They had driven their herds of animals across great distances.

As a people, they occupy the vast and sparse lands across the Sahel from West Africa to as far east as Ethiopia. Though some have become settled, the true nomads are a people on the move, following the rains to fresh pasture; never so attached to a watering hole that they think they might settle. Never aimless, always purposeful, calculating. Always reading the weather. Welcome to the Fulani way of life.

One of our South Sudan colleagues has been visiting them. Meanwhile, in faraway Chad, other SIM workers were meeting with Fulani believers. A few divine connections later, a short video greeting by a Nigérien Fulani evangelist made its way to some of the nomadic Fulani in South Sudan.

Despite the distance between these two groups, the content of the video was understood perfectly. While the more settled of the Fulani find their languages slowly evolving, that of those on the move have changed relatively little. These two groups of Fulani who have never met and who live in different countries were able to communicate perfectly. It’s possible that they are members of the same nomadic subgroup.

A video reply followed and soon an exchange was happening between two groups nearly 2,700 kilometers apart.

Now, what if a movement of the gospel took hold among this group?

What if the gospel went wherever these people travelled: from Senegal on the Atlantic coast across the Sahara, all the way to the highlands of Ethiopia, and still be understood perfectly? What if they took the good news wherever they went? May it be so.

—Tohru Inoue in East Africa