Makhuwa-Shirima in Mozambique

The Makhuwa-Shirima have only been reported in Mozambique
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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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.


Scripture Prayers for the Makhuwa-Shirima in Mozambique.


Profile Source:   Ethnic & Missiologic Research  

People Name General Makhuwa-Shirima
People Name in Country Makhuwa-Shirima
Alternate Names Chirima; Makuwa-Nissa; Nyassa; Shirima; West Makua
Population this Country 986,000
Population all Countries 986,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13422
ROP3 Code 106090
ROP25 Code 304983
ROP25 Name Makhuwa
Country Mozambique
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Niassa province; Zambezia province: northwest border; Nampula province, west.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mozambique
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Niassa province; Zambezia province: northwest border; Nampula province, west..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
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 %
Primary Language Makhuwa-Shirima
Language Code vmk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Portuguese
Primary Language Makhuwa-Shirima
Language Code vmk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Portuguese
People Groups Speaking Makhuwa-Shirima

Primary Language:  Makhuwa-Shirima

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2021)
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Makhuwa-Shirima YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Makhuwa-Shirima YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Ethnic & Missiologic Research 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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