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West African Tribes Experience The Treasure
People with little education can find it hard to understand the printed Bible. The solution? An audio version known as The Treasure which services several tribes.

For people with little education, the printed Bible can be hard to understand. But missionaries with one indigenous ministry in Nigeria are solving the problem by distributing an audio version of the Bible known as The Treasure to several tribes among which they work.

MCM leader Gabriel Barau (left) gives a copy of The Treasure and other gifts to the Kamberi chief. Photo courtesy Intercede International.

The Kandawa, Kamberi and Kadara mission fields are growing, reports Missionary Crusaders Ministries leader Gabriel Barau. MCM is a Nigeria-based ministry assisted by Intercede International. These ministries were all started the same year among people who embrace Islam. “God has given us favour here and our missionaries are moving,” says Barau. “The use of The Treasure has been highly useful among these people and the Lord is opening new doors for us here.”

The Hausa language Treasure Bible has been distributed through Nigeria and has moved many to know the Lord. Muslims of Nigeria use The Treasure to listen to God’s Word in audio. One million Treasure Bibles are required for the Hausa and Fulanis in Niger and Nigeria.

The work among the Kamberi tribe proved difficult in the beginning because the chief, a strong Muslim, at first refused to accept MCM’s request for land for a mission centre. But in late 2008, Barau and MCM’s Zone Director donated a gift of The Treasure (in Hausa) to him and some clothes for his wife. The MCM Director requested that the chief allow MCM’s missionaries work freely among his people. God touched the life of the chief who has now granted MCM permission to do its work and build a base among the Kamberis. This base will provide adult education, fellowship and Christian film shows, and accommodation for the missionaries.

“This people has finally embraced MCM’s work and many of them have accepted Jesus Christ,” reports Barau. It seemed impossible, but “We have finally built a big base among them and they are doing well. Our missionaries are doing both adult education and intensive ministry of church planting. The door among the entire people is very open here and we can see the Lord doing something among them within a not distant time. God has raised missionaries that are working among them.”

Barau asks for Canadian Christians to pray for revival among the Kamberi people, and for more Hausa audio Bibles for them.

Alan Doerksen is Publications Editor and Production Manager for Intercede International (formerly known as Christian Aid Mission), based in Fort Erie, Ontario. Website address: www.intercedenow.ca. E-mail: adoerksen@intercedenow.ca.

Originally published in Mission Gateway, July 2010. The story has been adapted slightly from the original version.

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