Adamawa State Home Mission Field was established in the year 2009. The Field is located in Adamawa State, North-East Nigeria. The Mission field covers the settlements of the Chamba, Tiba and Pere tribes. The Chamba tribe, Tiba tribe and Pere tribe are all found in Ganye, Jada, Mayor Balwa, Fofure, Toungo L.G.A s of Adamawa State, Bali L.G.A. of Taraba State and in Cameroun, a neighboring Country .The terrain of Adamawa Home Mission Field is hilly and mountainous. It has a population of about 1.2million people.
Islam is the predominant religion of the people in the area. The three tribes of Chamba, Tiba and Pere are heavily influenced by traditional customs and Islam. There are also a few others who practice Christianity and African Traditional Religions. The culture is strictly patriarchal. This means that only the head of the family, usually the husband in a family or the most elderly, takes decisions for the entire family and such decisions are not subject to discussion or consideration by other family members. This patriarchal culture is enforced especially in decisions that have to do with tradition and Islam.
Challenges Associated with Reaching the People
One of the challenges in engaging the land is the relative difficulty in reaching the Pere people group, who are the most resistant to the gospel of all the three tribes on the field. There is the fear among the Peres that their Paramount Chief would kill them if they respond to the gospel. Many of the Peres are also illiterate.
Through our consistent collective efforts, we are trusting God to achieve the following among these 3 target People Groups:
- Church Planting: 15 Churches to be planted, 5 each among the 3 People Groups
- Leadership Development: Identifying and training of 9 indigenous leaders who shows sense of God’s call into the ministry.
- Educational Missions: Establishing at least 2 primary Schools among these people to reduce illiteracy that is predominant among the people and as a mean to catch them young for Christ.
- Medical Missions: Facilitating the establishing one Central Medical Clinic to combat the health challenges among the people.