Many Suba people claim Protestant Christianity, but it is a religion they practice, not a relationship with God. They are less than 2 percent evangelical, and there is no missionary activity among them.
Fishing and boat building are the traditional occupations of the Suba, who number approximately 226,000. They were also renowned hippo hunters before it was against the law to kill wild animals. Today farming is growing as an occupation, and cattle are kept mainly to provide for the payment of bride price.
Since the Suba language is very different from other languages in the area, it came to be considered inferior. In recent years the Suba have developed a strong interest in preserving their culture and language. A vital step in this direction was to make Suba a written language, along with providing written Scripture with the hope of strengthening the existing church. Today, various Bible translations are available to the Suba.
“It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.” (Deuteronomy 17:19 NIV)