Nambya in Zimbabwe


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Introduction / History

The Nambya people live in Botswana and Zimbabwe.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nambya people make good use of their language. It is being taught in elementary schools. There are Nambya writers’ groups and Nambya cultural festivals.

They have many tests that must be “passed” before a wedding. Most of these are tests of character. For example, the potential groom is put through tests using cold water to see if he is willing to endure hardships. There are also tests for the potential bride, many of which involve learning housekeeping skills. The Nambya people are starting to question the practice of lobola, a bride price. This practice has led many to forsake marriage and simply live with someone of the opposite sex.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a large Christian minority among the Nambya people in Botswana, they are mainly animistic. There is a higher percentage of Christian believers among them in Zimbabwe.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nambya people need to allow the teachings of the Bible to affect their daily lives. As it stands, there are many sexual practices and other matters which do not conform to God’s word.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual revival among the Nambya people that will bless their families and communities both spiritually and economically.

Pray for Nambya Christian believers to make more disciples who will make even more disciples.

Pray for Nambya Christian believers to take the gospel to the unreached peoples in Southern Africa.


Scripture Prayers for the Nambya in Zimbabwe.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nambya_people

https://nambya.org/

https://nambya.org/news/82/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nambya
People Name in Country Nambya
Alternate Names Nanzva
Population this Country 127,000
Population all Countries 149,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13935
ROP3 Code 107056
ROP25 Code 305849
ROP25 Name Nambya
Country Zimbabwe
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Matabeleland North province: primarily Hwange district; Lupane and Binga districts; Bulawayo.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Zimbabwe
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Matabeleland North province: primarily Hwange district; Lupane and Binga districts; Bulawayo..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
45.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Nambya (127,000 speakers)
Language Code nmq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nambya (127,000 speakers)
Language Code nmq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nambya

Primary Language:  Nambya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1993)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nambya Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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