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Following a seminar in Truro about Persecuted Christians around the world, it was thought it would be good to share the information, and ask you to join us in praying for them.

A new country each month: 

This month’s focus is on the persecution of Christians in . . . . 


Tanzania in East Africa has a population of some 50 million people.It has a diverse mixture of ethnic and religious groups. Muslims and Christians make up around 35% each, with the rest following traditional African religions. However the island of Zanzibar and its surrounding islands and the nearby coastal regions is about 96% Muslim and practices Sharia Law.

Many Muslims, through hard work and dedication, have worked their way into positions of authority throughout the country, and are now able to exert a disproportionate influence on the Christian population as a whole.

During the last few years, militant Islamists have been pushing for Sharia Law to be made compulsory in the whole country, so far resisted by the President.

In common with many parts of the world this has also triggered an increase in violent attacks on non-Muslim groups, especially against Christians.

As in other countries, a rise in militant groups such as Uamsho and Al-Shabaab has led to more targeted violent persecution of non-Muslims with the demolition of churches and attacks on Christian houses, shops and property. There has also been attacks on church pastors and congregations. Intimidation is also becoming more prevalent.

In spite of this, there are still many places where Christians and Muslims live peaceably together, and the church is growing.


● Give thanks for the many places where Muslim and Christian are able to live together in peace, and pray that this will continue.

● Give thanks that the President has refused to give in to demands for Sharia Law to be implemented country wide.

● Pray for God to protect our Christian brothers and sisters, their churches, houses, livelihoods and that authorities will pursue those who seek to kill and destroy.

● Pray for healing for those who have suffered injury and trauma, both physically and emotionally, especially those who have been bereaved.

● Pray that Tanzania will not be further Islamised, and that the Christian Church will proclaim the gospel boldly. 


Revd. D Barnes
1 Lanveans
EX23 8AB



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