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- Stats for Tanzania
Top 25 Stats
Total Evangelicals- 8.0 M (15th); Total Gospel Visits- 10.2 M (7th); Gospel Visits to Population- 19.42% (17th); Gospel Visits to non-Evangelicals- 22.93% (15th); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 573.23% (3rd); Total Gospel Decisions- 1.1 M (5th); Gospel Decisions to Population- 2.15% (10th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals- 2.54% (9th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 100.65% (5th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 63.38% (2nd).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Bantu peoples (86.3%); Swahili (7.8%); Nilotic (2.2%); Cushitic (1.7%); Khoisan (0.3%); Other (1.7%, includes many South Asian, Arab, Chinese), Many African refugees.
One of the world’s poorest nations, with subsistence agriculture as its primary economy. Mineral deposits need to be developed, and tourism is a significant source of income.
History / Politics
Union of Tanganyika/Zanzibar which gained independence from Britain in 1961-1963. Was a socialist economy until 1992, when a stable multiparty democracy was established. It is an island of peace amid many conflicts in the area, and many refugees come here.
Many Christians, but lots of Christian teaching mixed with native African religion. Evangelicals grew by 3 times between 1990 and 2010, and lots of evangelism still occurs. There is great cooperation between native Christians and expatriate missionaries. Pastors need a lot more training, and there are often not enough pastors. Lots of Bible translations into heart languages are in process; Most services are in Swahili. Coastal Muslims are unevangelized and were involved historically with the slave trade. Christians need to make a greater impact in education, health care, safe drinking water, and other issues.
Pray that Christians will have a purer life, without native religious practices. Pray that evangelicals continue to grow and that leaders will be raised up. Pray for better ways to train pastors and other Christian leaders.