As the gospel advances in Niger, our Christian brothers and sisters in the West African country experience increasing persecution.
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Pray for Niger
In recent years, the gospel has spread rapidly in Niger. While the church has grown, more Christians in the West African country have also begun to experience persecution.

Two million of Niger’s 21 million citizens, about 9% of the population, are Fulani. The Fulani have historically played an important role in the spread of Islam in West Africa, and most members of the tribe are still Muslim.

In some parts of the region, militant Islamic Fulani have violently attacked Christians. In neighboring Nigeria, for example, they frequently attack Christian villages in the northern part of the country, often in cooperation with the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

The Fulani in Niger, however, are more open to the gospel than many in Nigeria. And Fulani front-line workers equipped with audio Bibles and motorcycles are now reaching more villages with the Good News.

Another people group, the Tuareg, live in a vast section of the Sahara stretching from Niger into Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya and Mali. As a semi-nomadic people, they travel with their herds of livestock on a seasonal basis but also live on designated farmland. In Niger, 2.6 million people, or 11% of the population, are Tuaregs. Tuareg evangelists distribute print and audio Bibles to those who come to faith in Christ.

Both Fulani and Tuareg who turn to Christ face persecution from Muslim family members and others in the community.

Help Christians in Niger

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Although Christians in Niger enjoy the political freedom to follow Christ in their predominantly Islamic nation, Muslim extremists from Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria are crossing into Niger and other neighboring countries to attack Christians.

The extremist groups, often linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida, have also kidnapped and killed hundreds of community leaders, regardless of religion. Their goal is to establish an Islamic caliphate amid the disorder they’ve created.

Our Nigerien brothers and sisters in Christ need our prayers. To learn three specific ways you can pray for them, click the button below.

3 Ways to Pray for Niger