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:
In our area, the fallout from recent cyclones continues to wreak havoc: about 20% of people’s houses were down and cases of dysentery and malaria rife. Further down the coast and inland the damage was more extensive with large areas flattened and several deaths. All over people are living in small teepees of grass and plastic tarpaulins.
Also, pray for the radio ministry: recent Muslim converts to Christ, baptized last year, have taken to the air waves! They are receiving training from myself, Ali and local radio technicians and mastering the sound keyboard and most importantly the art of doing interviews and taking the word of Christ into the villages. Please continue to pray for the radio work and the growth of the Gospel among its listeners.
Join us in fervent prayer for the Nahara- that they would hear and believe. That we would boldly believe and declare the message of the cross. That the Muslim Nahara would leave their fetishes and receive the freedom of the Gospel. Also, a cyclone hit our area and many homes are down. With the increased rain, malaria is rampant and omicron-flu is present in force. These challenges come at a time when fields need tilling and care is at its peak; without this people go hungry. Many people have lost their crops due to flooding. Pray that the people of this region will pull through this challenging time, that we will stand strong with them, and that the gospel of Christ will ultimately triumph and bring life to this region.