Machinga in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Machinga only in Tanzania

Population

73,600

Christian

13%

Evangelical

2.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Machinga's homeland is nestled between Lindi and Kilwa Kivinje in a mountainous area inland from the Indian Ocean coast of Tanzania. Their name is fitting for Machinga means "mountains." It is a beautiful area. The neighboring people groups are the Matumbi to the north, Mwera on the west and the Makonde to the south.


What are Their Lives Like?

The life of villagers living along the coast revolves around the fishing industry. They construct their own boats, maintain them and market their catch of the day. Inland, up in the mountains, the people rely on produce grown on their small farms.

The Machinga value education. Each village has a primary school and secondary schools are regional, serving a number of villages. As an example, one secondary school has a good complex with buildings constructed from cement blocks, stuccoed exteriors and with aluminum roofs. The school has an enrollment of around 400 students. The administrators and teachers are non-Machinga personnel. The students are housed in private homes in the local village.

A happy marriage is highly valued too. The groom is asked to pay a small dowry for his bride and to take good care of her. It is rather common for the Machinga to intermarry with their Mwera neighbors.


What are Their Beliefs?

Islam dominates the Machinga society. Attendance at the mosque is important and great emphasis is placed on training their children at the madrassa. Often the madrassa structure is superior to that of the mosque.

A village may be totally Islamic but a majority of the people is only Muslim by birth. These nominal Islamic peoples are fertile soil in which to sow the gospel. However, historically new converts are pressured to return to Islam and Christian workers are driven from their villages. Outsiders in government service or teachers in their schools who are Christians usually practice their faith covertly.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers (government, school teachers, businessmen) into his harvest field (the Machinga)."

* Tanzanian evangelical churches and mission organizations to identify felt needs among the villagers (roof on a primary school, digging a well, etc.) that can be met and in so doing gain favor, acceptance and an open door for ministry.



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Country Tanzania
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Lindi region, Kilwa and Lindi districts, along the coast, above 10th parallel south, near Mwera [mjh] and Ngindo [nnq]

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People Name General Machinga
People Name in Country Machinga
ROP3 Code 105974
Joshua Project People ID 13190
Indigenous Yes
Population in Tanzania 73,600
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Wamachinga,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Machinga 73,561
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Makua-Yao
People Name General Machinga
Ethnic Code NAB57b
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
13%    ( Evangelical  2.0% )
Ethnic Religions
2.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
85.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
30.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
70.00%
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