Was formally a British Colony after the world war, they Gained their own Independence in the 1960’s. What were really two countries ( Tanganyika and Zanzibar ) merged in both name and government to form Tanzania! One Party rule was the political norm until 1996 when the first democratic elections were held ( since 1970 ), Although one nation Zanzibar Acts is somewhat semi-autonomous.
31 Largest Country in the world ! has a land mass of around 890,000 sq km and includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba, and Zanzibar. also home to the highest point in Africa ( Kilimanjaro 5,895 m ) bordered by three of the largest lakes on the continent: Lake Victoria (the world’s second-largest freshwater lake) in the north, Lake Tanganyika (the world’s second deepest) in the west, and Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) in the southwest.
There are around 50 million people in Tanzania, of which the official Languages is Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar) and English (official, Primarily used in Business, government and higher education ). of Those 50 Million people around 35% are Christian, 55% Muslim and 30% Hold to some indigenous belief. Exports Lots of different Natural Resources Mostly gold, coffee, cashew nuts, manufactures, cotton.
Praying for the Church and the Nation
- Pray for the growth of the evangelical church ( Anglican, Lutheran and Pentecostalism) which has seen evangelicals growth from around 9% of the population in 1990 to 18% of the population in 2010.
- The movement of Church Planting, the Anglican diocese we will be working with is one example they have grown from a diocese of 12 parishes to 150 parishes in only 25 years.
- Pray for The development of strong leadership within the church.
- Pray for a movement of discipleship within the church, that people would be moved from church attendance to Devout faith of Jesus, almost 50% of the population would identify themselves as ‘Christian’ yet church attendance is somewhere around 8% of that.
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