Niger (MNN) — In Niger, God is working among the Fulani and Tuareg tribes, predominantly Muslim groups that often attack Christians.
Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “There are converts, people who are following Christ, out of those tribes that are then literally going village to village. They are sharing the Gospel and finding great fertile soil for the seeds of the Gospel that are being planted.”
Nettleton says we need to remember this when we hear about attacks against Christians by these groups. “Don’t fail to remember that God is at work among the Fulani. I’ve seen some amazing pictures of Fulani in their full tribal regalia, with their headcovers, being baptized into the kingdom of God.”
These groups have often been used as pawns by outside political forces who want to promote radical Islam. Other attacks stem from the differing needs of farmers and herdsmen or different tribal disputes.
Praise God for the work He is doing among the Fulani and the Tuareg. Nettleton says, “The Book of Revelations promises people of every tribe and tongue and nation will worship Jesus. We’re seeing that happen in our day, so we celebrate the work of God.”
Pray for those that may face persecution. Nettleton says, “Oftentimes in these tribal situations, the first line of persecution is your own family. It’s your dad or your big brother. It’s somebody in your family who says, ‘Wait a minute, we’re a Muslim family. You can’t be a Christian. You can’t be part of this family and be a follower of Christ.’ So we pray for brothers and sisters who are going through that right now.”
Many even wonder if they should tell their families at all, or who to tell first.
The header photo shows Tuareg people. (Photo courtesy of Alfred Weidinger from Vienna, Austria, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)