Dir-Nyamzak-Mbarimi in Nigeria

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People Name: Dir-Nyamzak-Mbarimi
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,500
World Population: 2,500
Primary Language: Dir-Nyamzak-Mbarimi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 20.00 %
Evangelicals: 10.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Chadic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The people interviewed said that their autonym and the name for their languages is "dir." According to them, the name means 'reservations toward strangers.' However, this is not indicative of their hospitality these days.

Where Are they Located?

The Dir live in one settlement, Dir, in the Miri District, Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State. The tribal chief lives in Dir, and it is where cultural festivals are held.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The primary occupation of these people is farming. They also engage in animal rearing, hunting, quarrying, and wood processing. There are no markets within any Dir communities. The nearest market for the Dir is in Baram Dutse, among the Mbarimi. Formal primary education became available to the Dir people in the 1950s.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Dir people are Muslims, some are Christians and a few follow the traditional religion. The church denominations found among the Dir community are Grace Foundation Inland Missions (GFIM) and the (Evangelical Church Winning All) ECWA

What Are Their Needs?

The Dir people need a market as part of their community. The need to know the goodness, love and grace of God.

Prayer Points

Praise God for the kindness to strangers that the Dir show to others.
Pray for protection on their crops and the animals they raise.
Pray for the Dir people to develop a market as part of their community.
Pray for open doors and the love of God to be shown to all who worship at their churches.
Thank God that the Dir language is used by all members of the community.
Pray that one day the Dir people will be able to sing worship songs to God in the language that they understand best.

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