Makhuwa-Shirima in Mozambique

Joshua Project has identified the Makhuwa-Shirima only in Mozambique





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They have similar background, with little differences, with other Makhuwa tribes. They have great linguistic similarities and have very similar social and political organization as the other tribes.

Where Are they Located?

The Makhuwa tribes live in the Provinces of Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado of Mozambique.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their subsistence activities are agriculture, trading and fishing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslims who have very little openness to other religions. There is high syncretism between Islam and animism and between Christianity and animism.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are in the areas of health, education/sports and social development.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to call full-time Christian workers to join the few who are already working among the Makua.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant creative ideas of evangelism to the missions agency that is focusing on the Makua.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Makua, with many conversions resulting.
* Pray that God will use the Makua believers to share Christ with their own people.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Makua church for the glory of His name!
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

Profile Source:   Ethnic & Missiologic Research  

People Name General Makhuwa-Shirima
People Name in Country Makhuwa-Shirima
Population in Mozambique 866,000
World Population 866,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chirima, Makuwa-Nissa, Nyassa, Shirima, West Makua
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Makua-Yao
People Name General Makhuwa-Shirima
Ethnic Code NAB57b
People ID 13422
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South of Niassa Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Makhuwa-Shirima (866,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Makhuwa-Shirima 866,000
For Primary Language: Makhuwa-Shirima

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament Yes   (2000)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: SIM  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Ethnic & Missiologic Research  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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