• 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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Day 31: The Doma people

The Doma people in Zimbabwe

The Doma people are the least reached people in Zimbabwe. With a population of 18,000 in Zimbabwe, less than 100 Doma people claim to be Christian. They’re in our backyard, what are we doing about it?

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Day 30: Bedouin people

The Bedouin people in Mali

The traditional homeland of the Bedouin is the Arabian Desert in the Middle East. However, some groups have migrated into North Africa. The Bedouin are primarily located in Mali, near the border of Mauritania.

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Day 29: Tunisian Arabs

Tunisian Arabs

Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa. In the first centuries after Christ, Christianity spread through Tunisia and a strong church was established. However, the church weakened in time as disunity occurred and no Bible was translated into local languages. When Arab invaders came the church was quickly dissolved and their Christian roots were forgotten.

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Day 28: The Disabled in Africa

The disabled in Africa

In Africa, an estimated 60-80 million people are living with disabilities today. Disabled people are estimated at 10% of the general African population, but possibly as high as 20% in the poorer regions.

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Day 27: The Saharwi people

The Saharwi people in Western Sahara

The men rose from the mats on the floor. They had just finished their supper of skewered fish. As they took their animated discussion about the weather, trade, and politics to the adjacent room, the women cleared the short, round table. The children scuttled in and sat cross-legged on the mats their fathers recently vacated. After serving their children, the women sat down last, as was the custom of the Sahrawi people.

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Day 26: The Vapostori

The Vapostori in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe you can find clusters of worshippers adorned in white, red and green garments. On hills, anthills and under tree shades, long-bearded men with shaved heads sit by women in head scarfs as they go through various rituals every Friday and Saturday.

The Vapostori or Mapostori are a religious group that remains ridiculed by society at large, yet multitudes tiptoe to seek their services in secret.

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Day 25: The Abu Sahrib

The Abu Sharib in Chad

The Abu Sharib is non-Arab people who live in eastern Chad along the border with South Sudan. They are a subgroup of the Tama, a people representing six distinct language groups, who live in Sudan and Chad.

Many Tama are subsistence farmers who live in permanent settlements and some raise livestock.

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Day 24: The Tuareg

The Tuareg of the Sahara desert

What hope is there for a people group whose name literally means Abandoned by God in Arabic?

“Only a fool trusts his eyes on a landscape that never stops changing.” As the sun rises and sets the Tuareg must navigate by the feel of the winds and the distant stars at night. With temperatures reaching more than 50°C during the hottest part of the year, protection from sun and sand is as critical as knowing where to find your next drink of water. When supply is low, one wrong turn in the endless sea of sand dunes could leave you dead from dehydration.

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Day 23: The Baggara people

The Baggara people in Sudan

The name “Baggara” comes from the Arabic word “bagar”, which means “cow,” and refers to the various Arab tribes in Sudan (and surrounding nations), who herd cattle.

These Baggara tribes live in the plains of Sudan’s Darfur, North Kordofan, and South Kordofan provinces. The region is well suited for grazing cattle and varies from sparse scrublands in the northern areas to arid and semi-arid wilderness lands to wooded fields.

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Day 8: Topasa people

The Topas people in South Sudan

“Pray with me for a miracle! I need the Lord to give me another son in the place of the one that died.”

Luchiya, a third wife out of six, is without status unless she has a baby boy. Thirty percent of the children under age five die in her village. Malaria, typhoid, worms and eye diseases are taking their toll.

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Day 22: The Pygmy tribes

The Pygmy tribes in Central Africa

In the 1800’s Western explorers stumbled upon a Pygmy tribe deep in the heart of the Congo. Fascinated by the small stature of the people, many theories about their origin began to arise. “Is this the missing link between apes and humans?” “Surely these savages cannot be human?”

Pygmies have historically been viewed as an inferior race. They have been captured and put on display, taken in as slaves by their neighbouring tribes and studied by curious scientists. Even today they are still being displaced by their own countries as deforestation threatens their home.

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Day 21: The Berber people

The Berber people of the Sahara desert

The name “Berber” is derived from the Latin word barbari, meaning “barbarians.” This term was used by the Romans to describe the “people of the Maghrib” – the region of North Africa comprising of present day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Western portion of Libya. Nonetheless, the Berbers call themselves the “Imazighen,” which means “man of noble origin.”

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Day 20: The Wolof people

The Wolof people in Senegal and The Gambia

Senegal is a place of peace. In Wolof, our primary greeting is to simply say “jamm rekk” (meaning “peace”) to one another. We pride ourselves on how we live in harmony. Often you will hear people say, “Muslims, Christians, Jews... we are all the same.” But when I became a Christian, things changed. My family rejected me. I was blacklisted from getting a job. Suddenly I was left on my own.
- “Ouseman,” a young Senegalese man

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Day 19: Reaching Chinese migrating to Africa

Reaching Chinese migrating to Africa

The world’s attention has been captured by the waves of migrants/refugees fleeing war and strife in North Africa and the Middle East, but making less headlines are the Chinese migrants coming into Africa. Millions of Chinese people are relocating to Southern Africa. Burrowed in the Zimbabwean populace is a huge, unexpected mission field of hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants.

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Day 18: The Somali people

The Somali people

Somalia is located on the north-east region of African commonly known as the “Horn of Africa”. The name, Somalia, is derived from the words, “so maal,” which literally means, “Go milk a beast for yourself!” To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality.

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Day 17: The Gabbra people

The Gabbra people in Kenya

The Gabbra live in the Chalbi desert in Kenya close to the border with Ethiopia. They are an eastern Cushitic people who originated in southern Ethiopia.

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Day 16: Irreligion/Atheism

Irreligion/Atheism in South Africa and Botswana

Perhaps the irreligious are not the least-reached people in Africa, but the rising trend of atheism in Southern Africa is something the church needs to be prepared to fight against.

Did you know that 15% of the population in South Africa and 20% of the population of Botswana claim to be irreligious or atheist?

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Day 15: The Baharia Wahati

The Baharia Wahati in Egypt

Long ago the Nile River flowed on a different course, in a great loop across what is now Egypt’s western desert. When the river switched to its modern course, a string of oases were left behind. Baharia is one such oasis.

Visits to the Wahati people are difficult due to their remote location. When the gospel spread across Egypt during the 1st century A.D., no missionaries bothered to reach out to this oasis, and the Baharia people remain solidly Muslim.

There is no Bible in the Baharia dialect, nor do they have gospel radio broadcasts. The Wahati form a population of 27,000 people, of whom 100% are Muslim. No known Christians exist and little effort is made to reach them.

Most Wahati speak Arabic, but the Easter Egyptian language Bedawi is also spoken. Materials are available in Arabic, but little Christian literature is accessible in Bedawi.


The economy of the Wahati people is largely based on tourism. The oasis is always open to visits from tourists bringing money into their society. While local believers and traditional missions efforts will be met with persecution and rejection, tourists visiting the Baharia Oasis have the unique opportunity to share Christian testimony as they visit sites of interest.

Since the 1970’s asphalt roads have connected Baharia to Cairo (370 km). Electricity is now available, and the internet is available. Where there is internet, there is opportunity for access to the Gospel online.


  • Pray that the Lord will open the spiritual eyes of Imams as they study the Koran to understand Isa Jesus to be the Son of God.
  • Pray that God will reveal himself in dreams and visions to the Baharia Wahati people.
  • Pray for outreach and evangelism efforts to be made among the Wahati.
  • Pray for any underground believers in the area to have access to Gospel recordings and Christian materials.

Day 14: The Antakarana

The Antakarana in Madagascar

Throughout most of Madagascar’s history, the Antakarana people have been cut off from the rest of the island by the Tsaratanana mountain range. However, in the early 1800’s Madagascar’s most powerful tribe, the Merina in the central highlands, expanded their kingdom over the entire island through warring with all the other tribes, including the Antakarana. During their resistance, the Antakarana fled and survived with their king as they hid for over a year in the limestone caves in north-western Madagascar. Many Antakarana were buried in those caves during that time and the place became sacred to them, which is why they’re now known as “the people of the rocks.”

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Day 13: The Fulani people

The Fulani people in North Africa

The Fulani are a people group in several regions of Africa, whose distinctive physical features are similar to people in Egypt, northern Sudan, and Ethiopia. Their tall, lean bodies, light skin, wavy hair, and thin noses and lips contrast starkly to other African tribal groups surrounding them. Nearly 20 million Fulani live in an area stretching from the shores of Senegal to the borders of Ethiopia.

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Day 12: The Massai people

The Massai people in Tanzania and Kenya

Not far from the border between Kenya and Tanzania can be found the mountain the Maasai call “Oldoinyo le Engai,” “God’s mountain.” It is halfway between Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.

The mountain is considered a gift from God and the Maasai worship in its shadows, praying for their cattle and children. Thunder and lightning are nothing but the presence and power of Engai, who lives on the mountain where the Maasai bring their lambs to be sacrificed. The synergy that the Maasai have with nature as they harvest the land is tightly connected to their faith in “god.”

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Day 11: The Yao people

The Yao people in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique

The Yawo people found in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania trace their history to the hills of northern Mozambique, though the majority live in Malawi. The Yawo befriended Swahili-Arabs in the early 1800s. They joined the Swahili-Arab traders as business partners, trading ivory and slaves for guns and cloth. Through journeys to the east coast of Africa and their relationship with the Swahili-Arabs, the Yawo were introduced to Islam.

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Day 10: Daasanach people

The Dasanaach people in Ethiopia

Imagine a tribe made up of the outcasts and exiles of society. Banding together for survival, you must learn to live with people from other tribes and tongues as you protect yourselves from your neighbouring tribes - the very people who have kicked you out.

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Day 9: The spread of Islam in Zimbabwe

The population of Muslims in Zimbabwe is 2%; there are two main immigrant groups of Muslims who have settled in Zimbabwe. The first came from Asia, from the countries of India and Pakistan while the second group is the Yao people who immigrated from Malawi.

There are over 40 Mosques and 8 Islamic study Centres in Zimbabwe. The oldest Mosque was constructed in 1927 in the Harare CBD. Overall, there are 18 mosques in Harare alone, with the largest accommodating up to 2000 worshipers.

There are 8 Mosques in Bulawayo and several others in surrounding rural areas. The Muslim community has expanded its outreach efforts with the aid of the Kuwaiti-sponsored African Muslim Agency (AMA).

The Kwekwe Mosque is a centre for Islamic instruction and the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Islamic Mission (ZIM).

Both ZIM and the African Muslim Agency (AMA) have had increased success among the black indigenous population, in part because of their humanitarian projects in rural areas. Some chiefs and headmen in the rural areas have reportedly converted to Islam. Several scores of young black Zimbabweans have been given school fees while brighter ones are offered scholarships to go and study abroad in Islamic countries. In Waterfalls, there is a centre where refugees from Somalia and locals can get help in their studies.


The church in Zimbabwe needs to wake up to the reality that Muslims are determined to get as many converts as possible and this must be dealt with.

There is an urgent need to teach about Islamization in theological training curriculums and to equip existing church leaders and believers on how to counter this fast-rising trend in Zimbabwe and Africa at large.

The church has been missing in the community while Muslims and other religious groups use the Church’s absence to their advantage, meeting the felt needs of people. The Church must rise up against the spread of Islam and play our part in reaching people and showing them God’s love before Muslim influence takes our place.


  • Let us begin in prayer by asking God to give us a heart filled with love and compassion towards Muslims.
  • Pray that Muslims will have a full revelation of the true God and His loving character.
  • Pray for missionaries to rise up and reach out to the Muslim community in Zimbabwe.

Day 7: Shepards in Lesotho

The Shepards in Lesotho

Lesotho – nicknamed “The Kingdom in the Sky” - is a small, mountainous country, wholly surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho is also described as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, due to its high altitude and mountains, often leading to extremely cold and snowy winters.

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Day 6: The Hausa people

The Hausa people in North and West Africa

Hope. It’s something that doesn’t exist here. Our destiny belongs with Allah, and only he has control of who will rest in paradise for eternity and who will perish. We must do all we can to please him, but he holds our fate in his hands. We cover our faces, say our prayers, cry out for help…. but to who? Living each day in uncertainty, not knowing what the purpose of this life is… surely there is something greater?

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Day 5: Mwani people

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.

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Day 4: The Gujarati Indians

The Gujarati Indians: Diaspora in Africa

The Gujarati Indians are a complex people group, speaking various dialects and having many cultural distinctions.

Originating in India, today there are significant Gujarati communities in 27 nations. In Africa the largest populations of Gujarati Indians can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.

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Day3: Arabs in North Africa

The Arabs in North Africa

“I have been having dreams about this man (a missionary) and went to speak to someone in my family who knows about dream interpretations. In my dreams this man is constantly planting trees. My sister said that maybe the trees were to build a house in Paradise; but the man says that they were women and people he cares for that want to have freedom… that he was tending to them. I pray to Allah that this man would live long and be able to help many find this freedom.”
- African Arab, story from prayafrica.org

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Day 2: The San People

The San people in Southern Africa

It is believed that San (Bushman) have lived in the area of the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years.

San rock paintings are among the oldest forms of art found in all of Africa.

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Day 1: Talibe Children

Talibe Children in West Africa

Living in the village, my son will amount to nothing. Our family has no hope to climb the social ladder or gain approval from Allah. I have heard that by sending a child to the city they can be trained to read the Qur’an and gain an education. My son is only 4 years old, but I believe the best thing for him is to send him away. I fear for him as he will be alone on his journey... I pray to Allah that my son will travel safely and find the marabout when he arrives.

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