• Month of Prayer

    May 2017
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31 Days of Prayer for the least reached in Africa

Africa was once referred to as the “dark” continent. Through prayer God is in the process of turning this around. It is becoming a continent of LIGHT! More people are coming to Christ in Africa than any other continent with the result that more workers are being sent out than ever before! However, Africa and her people still have many challenges they needs to face - animism, violence, and corruption just to name a few. According to the Joshua project there still remain 990 people groups in Africa that have not heard the gospel.

We invite you to join us, and many Christians throughout Zimbabwe and indeed the rest of the world, as we join God in what He is doing in the nations! Every day in the month of May, we will be praying, focusing on a different people groups from Africa as we cry out to the Lord to save nations of Africa. But prayer is not our end goal, we know that when we enter into conversation with God and cry out for a nation, God can also use to go and bring the good news. Will you answer the call if God chooses you.

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The Mwani people in Mozambique

The Mwani are fishermen, living along the coast of Northern Mozambique. Mwani means “beach” and their lives revolve around the shore. The Mwani are an isolated people group who trace their ancestry to the island of Ibo, near the coast of Mozambique. Ibo was the scene of struggle between Arabs and Portuguese, resulting in much destruction.

As Arab Muslims swept across along the coast of East Africa in search of slaves, many people groups converted to Islam to avoid being taken as slaves. Arab Muslims could not take other Muslims as slaves, so there was a strong incentive to “convert.” Such people included the Mwani of Mozambique.

RELIGION

The Mwani follow a version of Islam and mix Islamic beliefs with animistic traditions. Out of the 180,000 Mwani, only a handful believe in Jesus and those that do are rejected by their own families and their people.

Children go to Madrassa or Islamic schools, and although they memorize and can recite the Koran, they don’t understand its meaning. Most Mwani are illiterate in the KiMwani language and speak only a bit of Portuguese.

OUTREACH IDEAS

Gospel radio may be used to communicate the Gospel of grace to these people who are committed to working their way into God’s favour. Africa Inland Mission has been doing great work among the Mwani. They have a centre where they offer English lessons, sports, a pre-school program, and a library of Christian literature. Missionaries have not seen a deluge of Mwanis coming to Christ, but they are establishing relationships and bringing Jesus to the people.

“The fuel for fear is ignorance”. Many Mwani do not understand the details of their own belief. They blindly follow due to the fear instilled into them. Pray for wisdom in engaging them to think deeper into their own beliefs so that the contradictions can be brought to light and the truth of the gospel revealed.

PRAYER POINTS:

  • Pray for the few Mwani believers. Pray that qualified teachers and pastors will be sent to them to help them grow in the faith.
  • Pray for the Mwanis to be receptive to efforts to reach them for Christ. Pray that they will embrace Christ as their own.