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Swahili in Sudan

Swahili

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
26,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Swahili in Sudan

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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 smaller number have migrated inland to Sudan.

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 Sudan 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.
Ask God to raise up Christian businessmen in Africa who will boldly share Christ with the Swahili.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Swahili in Sudan.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15145/UG
http://www.glcom.com/hassan/swahili_history.html
https://unravellingmag.com/articles/swahili/

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Country: Sudan
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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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: 26,000
Population all Countries: 1,157,000
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 (26,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): swh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
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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Bible Portions: 1868-1968
New Testament:
1879-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1890-2017
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
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible Stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWalking with Jesus video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili
Text / Printed MatterBible: Swahili
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Swahili
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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Swahili in Sudan

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