ABOUT TANZANIA

BY FAITH, WE WORK TO SEE:

The southern coastal Muslims coming to Christ through access to the gospel.

The spiritual horizon of believers expanding to reach other groups.

Christian compassion expressed through addressing the needs of people in the community.

Communities where He is least known

The Maraba

The Maraba are part of the Makonde group, but they distinguish themselves from other Makonde. Maraba people live at the coast and fish for their living, using sailboats. In dry season, the wind changes and becomes stronger. It is difficult to fish at this time. Some survive with a small harvest from their gardens, but some separate from their wives and families because it is too difficult to feed them. A troubling issue is the use of bombs for fishing. This practice destroys hiding places for fish and kills small fish, and it is very dangerous for fishermen as well.

The Maraba people are strongly influenced by Islam and witchdoctors. They fear being cursed by witch doctors. A fisherman said, ‘You can leave your fishing net at the beach. No one will take it. People know that if you take the net, the owner will hire a witch doctor to curse you to death.’

We pray that the Maraba will come to know Jesus, our hope, and receive salvation in Him.

PRAYERS

1.

Pray for people living and dying without Christ in the coastal area, that they would hear the gospel of Christ, accept salvation, and experience God’s grace.

2.

Pray for local churches to continue to share the gospel with neighbors.

3.

Pray for construction of the primary school in Lindi. May the Lord give all the board members His wisdom and unity in Christ!

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