Sharwa is more of a language than an ethnic group. Although people still use the Sharwa language in their homes, they are more likely to use Fulfulde (Fulani) with outsiders.
The people who speak the Sharwa language are known as the "Sarwwa" in the village of Djeki and the "Majieke" in the village of Duva in Cameroon. Sharwa speaking people live in Chad as well as Cameroon.
Sharwa speakers live in a very hot and dry climate. Plants do not find it easy to take root and grow in such a hostile environment. Christianity has also struggled to take root among the Sharwa speakers as well. Living in an isolated area near the town of Bourrah which is situated near the Nigerian border, this strongly Muslim group has been resistant to influences from the the outside.
Like most tribal peoples of this region, the Sharwa speakers are Muslim, which means that they agree to the tenets of Islam. However, for their practical daily needs they look to the spirit world.
A few Sharwa speaking children attend a small school in Djeki, but in Duva and other villages there are no schools. The gospel has not reached the people who speak Sharwa, and they have almost no gospel materials in their language.
Pray that they would have access to a clear and consistent oral presentation of the gospel, probably through the Fulfulde language.
Pray that a radio program or an evangelist will reach them.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Sharwa speakers to Jesus.
Pray for a disciple making movement among them that will transform their communities into the likeness of Jesus.
Scripture Prayers for the Sarwa in Chad.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sarwa|
|People Name in Country||Sarwa|
|Alternate Names||Sarua; Sharwa; Tchevi|
|Population this Country||6,100|
|Population all Countries||6,100|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Chari-Baguirmi region: Loug Chari department, Bousso subprefecture, between Bousso and Miltou, along Chari river. Source: Ethnologue 2016|