Praying for Nigeria and the Alis i Ron People | Wycliffe Bible Translators

Praying for Nigeria and the Alis i Ron People

A look at this region and how to pray for its people.

  • May 1, 2020
View of a Nigerian city rooftops

Located in western Africa, Nigeria is geographically diverse with hills, plateaus, mountains and plains. One of the country’s most recognizable natural landmarks is Zuma Rock, a single stone that stands 2,379 feet high. The Niger River flows through the tropical rainforests and swamps of Nigeria all the way to its delta in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigeria has the largest population of any African nation with over 214 million people comprising more than 250 people groups. There are over 176,000 people that speak Alis i Ron. Praise God that in October of 2019 the Alis i Ron New Testament was dedicated!

Nigerian man proudly displaying the newly translated Alis i Ron New Testament
Nigerian man proudly displaying the newly translated Alis i Ron New Testament

People of all ages attended the event, many dressed in traditional attire. The celebration was filled with joy and dancing as the congregation thanked God for his faithfulness and rejoiced that they now have the New Testament in their language. The sermon encouraged the Alis i Ron to engage with Scripture daily and apply it to their lives.

When it was time to purchase copies of the New Testament, people scrambled to get in line to hold God’s Word in their hands.

  • Thank God for guiding the Alis i Ron translation project across the finish line and for a successful and well-attended dedication ceremony.
  • Pray that the New Testaments will be widely distributed across the Alis i Ron region and that Christians will share God’s Word with others.
  • Ask God to raise up leaders in the community who are passionate about his Word. Pray that the Alis i Ron people will experience the transforming power of God’s Word in their lives.



Eastern Oromo translators

Make a Prayer Connection: Pray for full funding for the Gbari project. By the end of this four-year project, the Agbari will have the entire New Testament in a language they clearly understand.