The Nubi of Uganda
The Nubi are an Islamic people group in Uganda with a population of at least 36,000 with their own distinct language, and culture. They do not have any portions of scripture in their language, there are no written Christian resources, no tracts, and they don’t even have the Jesus film in their language. While it is possible there may be a few believers among this tribe, there is not a single Nubi church (of any denomination). Our burden is to see a Nubi Church started in Uganda, that will reproduce itself and spread the Gospel to its own people, to the rest of Uganda, and even into neighboring countries and people groups.
Why the Nubi?
God first began burdening my heart for the Nubi when I heard about them in my “World Survey” class at Baptist Bible Translators Institute. While I was at BBTI I have been praying about what God has for me, and God began putting a burden in my heart to go to a truly needy people group. After doing some further research into the Nubi I came to the conclusion that the Nubi of Uganda are the most needy group in terms of engagement with the Gospel. I am motivated by the same passion that missionary John Keith Falconer had when he said “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.” After doing some research into the Nubi I looked for contacts from this group on Facebook and I ended up connecting to a English speaking Nubi named Akida who lives in the town of Arua, we began talking over the internet and chatting for about a year. In November 2018 I went to Uganda and met him in person.
A few weeks later, he invited me to a cultural function for the Nubi in Uganda where I was received as an honored guest. At this event, I was formally introduced to the Nubi community and I met many individual Nubis. Going to this event connected me to the Nubi people, When I first showed up, they told me, you are now one of us, a Nubi. During a speech by one of the Nubi they referred to me as “a Nubi from America”, I think this was their way of saying their community had accepted me as an individual. God is already opening doors and giving me positive connections to the Nubi community in Uganda.