Makwe of Mozambique and Tanzania

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The Makwe, a people group numbering nearly 67,000, live on both sides of the Mozambique-Tanzania border. Makwe culture is matrilineal, meaning that property is owned and inherited through the woman’s lineage. Most Makwe men make their living by fishing or farming. The Makwe practice Islam with only 0.50% of their population considering themselves followers of Jesus. The Makwe are very devout Muslims and generally resistant to other religious teachings.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

Obstacles have prevented the spread of the gospel among the Makwe living in Mozambique. On the Tanzania side of the border, the gospel has taken root, and the Makwe are on the verge of being considered “reached.” Pray that the message of Christ would continue to spread and that a viable church movement would begin among this unreached community.

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Sustainability // The Bigger Story

Currently, there aren’t many global workers engaging the Makwe. The Makwe also do not have access to a Bible in their language.

Pray, asking God how your skills may align with His plan to engage the Makwe with the message of salvation to all people.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:

  • Pray that God would send laborers to live amongst the Makwe.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring dreams and visions to the Makwe and that they may be receptive to the message of salvation.
  • Pray for compassion ministries to enter and open doors for the Makwe to hear the Gospel story while also meeting their physical needs.
  • Pray for the national churches in this region that God may inspire and give them vision to reach the Makwe.


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