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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The delicate inter-communal balance and religious stability of the country cannot be taken for granted. The Muslim community is increasingly polarized between moderates and Islamists, the latter pressing for political influence and the establishment of separate Islamist courts. Witchcraft is widespread and permeates both Christianity and Islam. Spiritual superstitions and outright occultism incur great financial expense and often result in sexual abuse or even death for the victims of such practices. Pray that the government may be ruthless in uprooting evil and wise in fostering communal harmony and religious freedom.
Widespread and systemic poverty is both a challenge and an opportunity. Many areas require development assistance schools, universities, hospitals, roads, drinking water and agriculture. Half of all secondary schools are privately funded. Rapid urbanization and endemic corruption intensify the problems. Holistic ministry is necessary and a wonderful way to bring transformation to all levels of Tanzanian life. Most foreign Christian agencies at work in Tanzania already minister in this capacity; pray for more projects to be started and to be finished effectively.
For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Tanzania.