Tanzania

Pressure on Christians is growing, with believers from Muslim backgrounds (BMBs) on Zanzibar affected the the most severely.

Tanzania

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
33 59/100
Leader Population
President John Magufuli 56,878,000 (31,739,000 Christians)
Main Religion Government
Christianity/Islam Democratic republic
Source of Persecution Persecution Level
Islamic extremism High Persecution

Violence against Christians is at a very high level, fuelled by increasing Islamic radicalism - particularly in Zanzibar, the coastal region of Tanzania and Bukoba in the north west. Religiously, Tanzania is split. Mainland Tanzania, historically, has been influenced by Christianity and socialism. The population of the Zanzibar Archipelago is mainly Muslim and wanting recognition from central government. A new draft constitution is making inclusion for Sharia court provision.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors has been involved with the church in Tanzania since the mid-1990s, but most of our work was focused on the island of Zanzibar. More recently, our assistance has included specific areas of the mainland. Much of our work focuses on providing literature and on developing church leaders, though it also includes livelihood support. Our work includes:

  • Cross cultural evangelism and legal awareness
  • Economic empowerment programmes
  • Trauma care and children's ministry
  • Theological training and leadership development.

PRAYER POINTS FOR TANZANIA

  • For encouragement and perseverance for BMBs unable to worship or own a Bible, or under pressure to recant
  • For radical Islamists to experience a transformation of the heart
  • Teachings in some mosques are very negative towards Christianity. Pray that Islamic teachers will come to know the Lord and create positive change for Christians.
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