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Sarwa in Chad

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,100 Sarua Islam 0.40 % 0.30 % No No   

Sarwa in Chad

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Introduction / History
Sharwa is more of a language than an ethnic group. Although people still use the Sharwa language in their homes, they are more likely to use Fulfulde (Fulani) with outsiders.

Where are they located?
The people who speak the Sharwa language are known as the "Sarwwa" in the village of Djeki and the "Majieke" in the village of Duva in Cameroon. Sharwa speaking people live in Chad as well as Cameroon.

What are their lives like?
Sharwa speakers live in a very hot and dry climate. Plants do not find it easy to take root and grow in such a hostile environment. Christianity has also struggled to take root among the Sharwa speakers as well. Living in an isolated area near the town of Bourrah which is situated near the Nigerian border, this strongly Muslim group has been resistant to influences from the the outside.

What are their beliefs?
Like most tribal peoples of this region, the Sharwa speakers are Muslim, which means that they agree to the tenets of Islam. However, for their practical daily needs they look to the spirit world.

What are their needs?
A few Sharwa speaking children attend a small school in Djeki, but in Duva and other villages there are no schools. The gospel has not reached the people who speak Sharwa, and they have almost no gospel materials in their language.

Prayer Points
Pray that they would have access to a clear and consistent oral presentation of the gospel, probably through the Fulfulde language.
Pray that a radio program or an evangelist will reach them.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Sharwa speakers to Jesus.
Pray for a disciple making movement among them that will transform their communities into the likeness of Jesus.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Country: Chad
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Chari-Baguirmi region: Loug Chari department, Bousso subprefecture, between Bousso and Miltou, along Chari river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sarwa
People Name General: Sarwa
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108734
Joshua Project People ID: 14775
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,100
Population all Countries: 6,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Sarwa
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sarua (6,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): swy    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.40 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.60 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Sarwa in Chad

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Sarwa Chad    
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            Sarwa in Chad          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Sarua  
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