Makhuwa-Shirima in Mozambique

The Makhuwa-Shirima have only been reported in Mozambique
Population
731,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 731,000
World Population 731,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chirima, Makuwa-Nissa, Nyassa, Shirima, West Makua
People ID 13422
ROP3 Code 106090
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Niassa province; Zambezia province: northwest border; Nampula province, west.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Niassa province; Zambezia province: northwest border; Nampula province, west..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Makhuwa-Shirima (731,000 speakers)
Language Code vmk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Makhuwa-Shirima
Primary Language Makhuwa-Shirima (731,000 speakers)
Language Code vmk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Makhuwa-Shirima

Primary Language:  Makhuwa-Shirima

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2000)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
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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