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The EAGT church in Mafia
was burned by radicals.

A church in the predominantly Muslim area of Mafia was burned down on May 9th just hours before a scheduled prayer meeting.

Militants had threatened the church and the pastor, Ombeni Omari, for the past two years. Pastor Ombeni, a Christian convert from Islam, escaped to Dar es Salaam with his wife and three children after learning of the attack. He had founded the almost 60-member church -- the only Christian church in the area -- which consists of mainly converts from Islam.

Although the church building was destroyed, Pastor Ombeni said he will return to the area because the work he was called to do is not yet finished.

Pray that, despite the destruction of their church building, this congregation will continue to meet together for worship (Hebrews 10:25). Ask God to be near Pastor Ombeni and his family, giving them much wisdom as they discern their next steps. Please also pray that those who perpetrated this attack will repent and come to faith in our Living God.

Country Information

Tanzania map & flagPopulation
58,552,845 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Mainland - African (99) (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other (1) (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, African, mixed Arab and African

Religion (%)
Christian (61.4), Muslim (35.2), folk religion (1.8), other (0.2), unaffiliated (1.4)
Note: Zanzibar is almost entirely Muslim

Leader
President John Magufuli

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
English common law; judicial review of legislative acts limited to matters of interpretation

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Tanzania

Pray that the gospel will be well received by unreached tribal groups. Ask God to influence government leaders tostand strong against the influence of Islam. Pray that pastors in Zanzibar will continue to stand strong despite efforts to eliminate Christianity.

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