Republic of Tanzania
Area: 945,037 sq km (Comprising mainland Tanganyika and the offshore islands of Zanzibar and Pemba (2,460 sq km))
Annual Growth: 2.92%
Capital: Dodoma (official); Dar es Salaam (de facto)
160 (21% unreached)
More information about peoples
Official Language: Swahili, English
2% speak only Swahili and no local African language
Total Languages: 127
Largest Religion: Christianity
Christians: 24,352,897 (54.07% of population)
Evangelicals: 8,042,731 (17.9% of population)
Challenges for Prayer
Growth in the mainline Churches has been good but sporadic. Renewal movements in Lutheran, Anglican, and Catholic churches bring life to traditional congregations; most of the bishops are evangelical. Some problems that limit further grow in numbers and spirituality are:
FMC in Tanzania
The Tanzanian church has three districts, plus an area in the south being evangelized by the Malawi FM Church. The districts center around Kigoma, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika; Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria; and Mugumu near the Kenyan border. A local FM church in Michigan has helped develop several church buildings in the Geita district.
In 1988, a group of Christians near the Kenya border wanted to become part of the Free Methodist Church. In 1992, the Free Methodist Church became registered with the government of Tanzania.
(Information taken from Operation World website, a ministry of InterVarsity Press, and Free Methodist World Missions.)
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