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Mwani in Mozambique


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
149,000 Mwani Islam 1.00 % 0.03 %   

Mwani in Mozambique

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Introduction / History
The word "Mwani" means "beach" in their language. Mwani tradition states that around 1,100 years ago Arab traders came down the east coast of Africa to trade and to take slaves. Entire people groups along the coast became Muslims because the Arabs, being Muslims, were not allowed to take another Muslim as slaves. In this way the Mwanis also became Muslims. Today, to be a Mwani is to be a Muslim. From when they are children, Mwanis go to the Madrassa, or Islamic school. There they learn about Islam and learn to read and recite the Quran in its original Arabic form (Quran means to recite in Arabic), but many don't understand its meaning. Despite this ability to read Arabic, most Mwani are illiterate in their own language. Many speak only a little bit of the national language, Portuguese, and then not on a level enabling understanding of the Gospel.

Where are they located?
The Mwani live along the coast of northern Mozambique, and on islands close to the coast.

What are their lives like?
Most of them live not far from the sea. Most are very poor. Some make their living from fishing and transporting people by sea, many through trading, baking, and some farming. Many men attend mosque five times a day.

What are their beliefs?
Folk Islamic. Very dedicated to Islam, but with some animistic practices, especially among the women.

What are their needs?
The gospel. Micro enterprise development. Education.

Prayer Points
* A breakthrough of the gospel
* Breaking down of spiritual strongholds
* Wisdom, safety and health for the missonaries

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-01-19
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Country: Mozambique
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:In the north of Pemba, between Arimba and Palma, Ibo, Mocimba da Praia and the Querimba Islands.
(Source: Field worker)
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People Name in Country: Mwani
People Name General: Mwani
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106980
Joshua Project People ID: 13902
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 149,000
Population all Countries: 149,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
People Name General: Mwani
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mwani
Language Code (ISO): wmw    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Makwe (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.03 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam89.00 % 
Non-Religious10.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent100.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2002-2006
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Mwani
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Text / Printed MatterBible: Habari Ngema
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Mwani in Mozambique

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    Bantu, Swahili     Africa, East and Southern    
      Mwani Mozambique    
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