There are 4 distinct people groups on this field – the Kamberi, Laru, Dukawa and Boko. They are mainly farmers and grossly illiterates. Some of them are Animist and Muslims. Those in the interior have no access to primary health care and education. Most of the villages and towns have no electricity and pipe borne water.
The field started with a preaching station planted among the Kemberis in 1971 through First Baptist Church, New Bussa. It is located within two Local Government Areas: Angwa and Gallah of Niger State.
There are at present, 40 mission Churches (preaching stations) scattered about to reach out to other people groups such as Dakarkari, Gungawa, Laru, Bussawa and Nupe. The Kwara Baptist Conference with the Churches had been working hand-in-hand to spread the gospel in this area until the Global Missions Board came in 2006 to survey and see a way of declaring the place a mission field of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. After series of meeting with these mission stakeholders, it was declared a mission field in 2008 with Revd. and Mrs. Andrew Kunga as pioneer missionaries who are still there till today.
At present, there are 42 preaching stations, which are led by Pastors and lay leaders. Four of these Pastors are Baptist-trained and 13 are UMCA-trained. However, the Global Missions Board has designed a programme to adequately train and integrate the UMCA pastors, in line with our Baptist way of life and mission goals, through leadership training and development. The average size of the churches is 45 people and about 95% are Kambaris. The missionary couple reside in Guffanti town (one of the three axes of the field), which is two hours journey to New Bussa. The other axes are Babana and Sagumu.
People Groups in Focus: Kanbaris, Larus, Dukawas and Bokos
- There will be two outreaches in each quarter of the year.
- Establishment of regular Discipleship programmes and literacy classes in all the planted Churches. (Discipling of 50 people from each tribe).
- Planting of one or two new Churches around Kigwara and Babana axis.
- Training of 8 indigenous Pastor, 2 from each tribe.
- To start Agricultural extension programme to assist the farmers. (Demonstration farms.)
- To Establish a standard clinic on the field.
- Establishment of a Nursery and Primary School.