Zanzibari Swahili in Oman

Unreached of the Day  10/31/2021

Zanzibari Swahili in Oman

The Swahili-Arab people come from the east coast of Africa, mainly Zanzibar, Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam. They are a mixture of Omani and some Yemeni Arabs who travelled to East Africa in the 1700s to establish trade with Europe, primarily in slaves. On the surface, Swahili-Arabs seem like regular Omanis. However, when one sits with them at a meal, the African roots come out. Much of the time, Swahili is spoken instead of Arabic, which is considered the trade language, and the food is much more African. They are Muslim, most following the Ibadi sect of Islam. According to locals, this sect is the most peaceful of the Islamic sects.

Ministry Obstacles

Access to the peoples of Oman by outsiders is somewhat difficult and there is a lack of Christian workers willing to make the attempt.

Outreach Ideas

Christian radio has much potential to reach the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula with the gospel, including Swahili speakers.

Scripture Focus

"So that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."  2 Thessalonians 1:12

Scripture Prayer

Make this your prayer for today’s people group.

Prayer Focus

There may be no followers of Jesus today among the Swahili of Oman but pray for those who will soon believe in Him. They will need mature believers to help them become well established in the faith. Pray the Lord would create a growing desire in all the peoples of Oman to find forgiveness for their sin and for power to cope with the problems of this life. Only Jesus can provide these things. Pray Jesus would be revealed with power at the proper time.

People Name Zanzibari Swahili
Country Oman
10/40 Window Yes
Population 55,000
World Population 69,000
Language Swahili
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image