Pray for the unreached Alagwa people

Who are the Alagwa?

The Alagwa live in 15 villages in a geographically remote area in the hills and mountains of central Tanzania. Although the Bubu river runs through the lower lands, the  higher regions suffer from lack of water and they must often walk miles to find water to meet the needs of their families. They are subsistence farmers, growing maize and millet. They also keep cows, goats and sheep. They are very community oriented, living in houses made of burned brick with roofs of thatched grass. The Alagwa speak both Alagwaisa and Kiswahili.

What do they believe?

A tribal legend says that some Alagwa once visited Mecca but were rejected by the Muslims for having ‘no religion’ – only animistic beliefs. They later embraced Islam; now, over 90% are Muslims. However, they seamlessly blend traditional beliefs with Islamic ones. Allah, Mungu and Lala’a are all used to refer to God. So although they are called Muslims, their beliefs and practices are strongly steeped in their traditional ways of life.

What is being done to reach them?

From 2010 to 2013, a multi-cultural TIMO (Training In Ministry Outreach) team lived and worked among the Alagwa, learning their language and culture and helping with a project to provide a reliable community water supply. The TIMO team has ended, but several members have remained and form a Focus team, including the Pugh family from the UK. The beginning of a church has been planted.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

Owen and Miriam Pugh work in a team among the Alagwa, using Bible stories in the mother tongue for evangelism and discipleship. In recent weeks the Pughs have been involved in weddings for many households in their neighbourhood. Please pray for them as they seek to be salt and light to their neighbours and show the love of Jesus to them in every way they can. Pray for wisdom in making the most of every opportunity to share the gospel with their neighbours. 

The Alagwa are an unreached people group who live in the hills and mountains of central Tanzania. says: “Please pray for the church among the Alagwa. Pray that they will know and rejoice in the true gospel whilst learning to reject prosperity teaching. Please also pray that they would be people after God’s heart, committing their energies to see his kingdom come in their communities.” 

Pray for the process of Bible translation among the Alagwa of Tanzania. Work on the Gospel of John is almost complete and the team are moving towards translating the book of Acts. Pray that the Muslim translators would understand who Jesus truly is as they grapple with the work of translation and that the Christian translators would grow in the depth of their understanding of and love for Jesus.  

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