The Kalanga are also known as Bakalanga. They are the second largest people group in Botswana, though their numbers are greater in Zimbabwe. A small number also lives further north in Tanzania.
Their ancestors helped build the Mapungubwe Empire, which was the first uniform kingdom in southern Africa. They went on to help build two other kingdoms in the centuries that followed.
The Kalanga have always taken on the role of rainmakers. They perform a ritual that involves wearing a white shirt and black skirt, the latter represents rain clouds. They go to the Njelele shrine in Zimbabwe to plead for rain.
Though they have ancient beliefs regarding rainmaking, the Kalanga also embrace Christianity, even in Botswana where the Kalanga church is weakest.
The Kalanga people need to put all their faith in God to provide them with rain and abundant crops.
Pray for abundant rain and a great harvest this year as a testimony of God’s power and love.
Pray for the Kalanga people to recognize Jehovah Jireh as their only provider and forsake all ancient gods.
Pray for Kalanga disciples who will make more disciples, especially in Botswana.
Scripture Prayers for the Kalanga in Zimbabwe.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kalanga|
|People Name in Country||Kalanga|
|Alternate Names||Kalana; Lilima|
|Population this Country||238,000|
|Population all Countries||425,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North provinces; southwest of Bulawayo and Botswana border area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Kalanga
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1999)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kalanga||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Kalanga||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Kalanga||YouVersion Bibles|