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Swahili in New Zealand

Swahili

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,500 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %   

Swahili in New Zealand

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Introduction / History
The name Swahili literally means "coast," and is the name given to several people groups that share a common culture (Uswahili), language (Kiswahili), and religion (Islam).

Thousands of years ago, groups of hunters inhabited the East African coast and intermarried with the Cushite shepherds there. By the second century, Bantu-speaking people from northern Congo came to the area and intermarried with them. Subsequent groups of people migrating from other areas such as the Persian Gulf also joined these coastal people, adopting parts of their culture and language. Later, Indonesian, Hindi, and Portuguese traders settled on the coast. Soon, they too began adopting Swahili traits and became a part of the larger group. Since that time, groups of Swahili have migrated to different parts of the coast, forming their own dialects and cultural variations.

Where are they located?
Today, the Swahili are scattered along Eastern Africa and the Persian Gulf, from Saudi Arabia to Zambia. A small number have migrated to other parts of the world like New Zealand.

What are their lives like?
Since the Swahili are predominantly Muslim, Islamic practices play a large role in their daily activities. Dietary laws, rules of dress, social etiquette, marriage ceremonies, laws concerning divorce, and rituals at birth and death are all governed by Islamic tradition. Parents strive to have well-mannered, respectful children, since this is highly valued among Muslims. Boys go to Islamic schools where they study the Koran.

What are their beliefs?
Though they are Sunni Muslim, they still practice many traditional pre-Islamic beliefs. For example, they believe that many good and evil spirits exist, so they act accordingly. They also believe in the supernatural power of witches and sorcerers.

What are their needs?
The small number of Swahili people in New Zealand need the spiritual hunger to seek and find their Savior.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray for spiritual hunger among the Swahili people in New Zealand.
* Ask God to raise up Christian businessmen in New Zealand who will boldly share Christ with the Swahili.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Swahili in New Zealand and beyond.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15145/KE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15145/SF
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Swahili-language
https://unravellingmag.com/articles/swahili/

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Country: New Zealand
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Swahili
People Name General: Swahili
Alternate People Names:
African BlackArab-Swahili
BantuBaraawe
BarwaaniBlack African
Central SwahiliCoastal
Coastal SwahiliMrima
ShiraziSiddi
Swahili ShambaUrban
Zanzibari
ROP3 Code: 109644
Joshua Project People ID: 15145
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,500
Population all Countries: 1,756,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Swahili
People Name General: Swahili
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Swahili (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): swh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1868-1968
New Testament:
1879-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1891-2009
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Interconfessional ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili Union Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili, Common Language Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili, Common Language Bible wi ...
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Swahili in New Zealand

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