Area: 945,037 sq km
Comprising mainland Tanganyika and the offshore islands of Zanzibar and Pemba (2,460 sq km).
Population: 45,039,573 Annual Growth: 2.92%
Capital: Dodoma (official); Dar es Salaam (de facto)
Official language: Swahili, English; 2% speak only Swahili and no local African language Languages: 127 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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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 growth in numbers and spirituality are:
a) Extensive areas where churches have stagnated and where many potentially open villages remain unreached. The need is great for more evangelists and church planters.
b) African worship patterns, choirs and collections combined with Western cultural forms have taken priority over biblical teaching.
c) Swahili is used in fully 96% of church services even though it is not the heart language of the majority. Pray for the development of songs, teaching and resources in the first languages of all Tanzanias peoples.
d) AIDS continues to spread and affect many. It has now afflicted over 1.7 million (8.8% of the population) and orphaned over one million children. Tanzanias social fabric and economic structure are deeply affected. There are several initiatives led by religious and church communities for prevention, counselling and care. Pray for these programmes to be followed through and to have a powerful positive impact.
The Pentecostal movement has flourished in the last 20 years and is the fastest growing segment of Christianity. Although the origins of many of these groups are foreign, good use of outreach tools combined with spiritual fervency have seen Pentecostalism grow and take root in Tanzanian culture. Pray for continued growth, increased maturity and unity between Pentecostals and other evangelicals essential if the church is to impact Muslims and animists in the nation.
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