Present-day Nigeria has been the site of numerous kingdoms and tribal states spanning over a millennium. The modern state has its origins in British colonization during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", due to its large population and economy. Iten is just one of Nigeria's 520 living languages.
The Iten churches in Nigeria have been using a foreign-language Bible since they first heard about Christ in the 1920s. Churches are crowded for worship, and most of the Iten people love Jesus. But they have never heard Him speak to them in their own language.
Despite their love for Jesus, without the Word in the language they understand most clearly, Iten Christians still easily fall prey to practices encouraged by African traditional religion. The faith of many Iten believers evidences a mixture of Christian ideals combined with traditional practices. Church leaders eagerly anticipate a richer, more enthusiastic relationship with Christ among their congregants once they understand His Word for themselves.
* Scripture Prayers for the Aten, Ganawuri in Nigeria.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
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|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||12 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Plateau state: Riyom LGA; Kaduna state: Kaura LGA. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Iten
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2018)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Iten|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 18.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|