The Makhuwa Nahara of Mozambique
Scripture: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Pray the Nahara would hear this good news and believe.
Location: Northern coastal Mozambique
History: Arab influence a century ago
Culture: The Nahara are a subgroup of the Makhuwa, which is the largest ethnic group in Mozambique comprising 40% of the population. They are fishermen. Modern education is not valued and illiteracy is very high.
Religion: Folk Islam and ancestor worship
Latest Prayer Updates:
Rickshaws Boutique hotel and Restaurant provides employment for 14 Makua Nahara young people from our local community. In our two years of running the business, we have lived and worked daily with these young people. We have shared our lives and faith with them and have loved them with God’s love, To date, four young men have decided to follow Jesus. Much mocking and persecution has followed this decision. Still, they persevere. 4 teaching groups have been formed to learn the Scriptures together. One of these young men is leading a group in his neighborhood. Please pray especially for our 3 female employees to follow Jesus as well. Pray for great spiritual growth and blessing for our new believers.
The Makhuwa Nahara worship the ancestors and rely a lot on witchdoctors. There are believers in the area where they live (Northern Mozambique). These believers have a similar language and come from a similar culture. Pray that these believers would not stay in their churches but reach out to proclaim Christ. Pray that the Makhuwa Nahara would know their true Saviour.