Makhuwa-Shirima in Mozambique

Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Makhuwa-Shirima
Country: Mozambique
10/40 Window: No
Population: 986,000
World Population: 986,000
Primary Language: Makhuwa-Shirima
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 20.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Bantu, Makua-Yao
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Ethnic & Missiologic Research