The Chikunda came from different areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique to work on the Portuguese estates along the Zambezi Valley. They were slaves and worked as soldiers to protect the estates. Their name means “to conquer,” and they hunted ivory and slaves. Their Kunda language is a blend of the three countries they represent. Their youth are very interested in all things Western, and their traditions are rapidly dying out. There are numerous believers and two Baptist churches among the Chikunda in Zambia; however, the Chikunda of Zimbabwe remain unengaged.
“‘Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is
my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.’” (Isaiah 12:2 ESV)