Shawiya Berbers in Algeria

Unreached of the Day  12/06/2021

Shawiya Berbers in Algeria

The Shawiya (pronounced Shah-wee-ya) is one of the numerous Berber groups in North Africa. The major feature that binds the Shawiya together is their language. Since the 8th century, they have been dominated by the Arabs, who forbade expressions of their language and culture until recent years. Life for the Shawiya is simple. They have long been mocked by their countrymen for being simpletons, yet are known for their wisdom.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Christ in the Shawiya community carries the risk of loss of relationships, not to mention physical danger.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained and focused prayer is needed to help these people begin to hunger to know Jesus.

Scripture Focus

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."  2 Peter 3:18

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the believers in this people group grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Focus

Pray for the followers of Christ that will soon come from the Shawiya community. Pray they will be able to fellowship together, and become firmly established on the truth of Scripture. Pray the Shawiya people will become truly wise by finding the One who is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.



People Name Shawiya Berbers
PronunciationBURR-burr
Country Algeria
10/40 Window Yes
Population 2,341,000
World Population 2,644,600
Language Tachawit
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image