The Machinga of Tanzania
“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.” (Psa. 86:5-10)
Location: The Machinga live in the Lindi region of Tanzania along the coast and up into the mountains.
History: Like all Bantu people, they originally migrated East from central Africa, seeking fertile land around 2000 BC.
Culture: The name ‘Machinga’ means mountains, referring to their home in the mountains, presumably. They are Bantu people, making their living as fishermen and farmers. They also keep cattle and goats.
Religion: Folk Islam
Latest Prayer Updates:
Please pray that the Machinga will begin to seek the Lord. Pray also for the Christians of other tribes who live near them–whether overseas missionaries or national church members–that they will be filled with the Spirit and empowered to be Christ’s witnesses to the Machinga. Pray for many to be saved.