Christianity has a long history in Tanzania, but Islamists are trying to push it out.
Christianity has a long history in Tanzania, but Islamists are trying to push it out.
Aug. 20, 2020 | Tanzania

Christians Under Pressure

[176] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Church members facing destroyed churches.

Though Tanzania is a majority-Christian country, Christians in some areas face intense persecution, and it seems to be growing. According to a VOM worker, Muslim hardliners have burned or demolished six churches there in the last year. Extremists have also destroyed several pastors’ homes. In addition, local authorities are closing churches, especially in Muslim-majority neighborhoods, using a new law that requires pastors to have a Bible-school diploma. The VOM worker said thousands of churches have been closed. Hot spots for persecution include the coastal region, including the city of Dar es Salaam, and other large regional hubs throughout the mainland. Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Muslim-majority islands, such as Zanzibar, have long been hostile toward Christians. Believers on the island face unrelenting pressure and harassment. Pray that believers in Muslim-majority areas throughout Tanzania will stand firm under pressure.

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  • Father we join with our brothers and sisters in Tanzania, suffering with them as fellow members of the Body. Embolden them to live for You in the midst of those who are attempting to frighten and discourage them. Grant them Your grace to live out their faith in confidence, showing love rather than hatred toward their persecutors. Only You can do that
    Toni D - USA
  • Holy Father of Heaven and Earth. Have mercy on our persecuted brothers and sisters in Tanzania. Give them courage and strength to fight the good fight. Make their hearts strong in the Gospel and not dismayed by the destroyed churches. Remind them of the truth that the body of Christ is the church and not the building. In Jesus Precious Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Father, we life up to you Christians in Tanzania facing intense persecution now. We ask that they may know You are Jehovah Shammah, the God Who is there, and will never leave nor forsake them. May they remain strong in their faith and growing in the love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Grant them a special gift of Your love so others may desire You
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, while they may destroy church buildings, they cannot destroy the church, your people. Thank you that we are eternally secure in Jesus! Please protect your children in Tanzania and give them wisdom and guidance. May they find their hope in You as they trust fully in Jesus. Provide places the believers can gather. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    Have you way in the name of Jesus in Tanzania, Help them Lord to stand and to still stand on your firm foundation. In the name of Jesus.
    Crystal L - USA
  • Let your children in Tanzania stand firm under pressure and bring a change of heart in government officials toward Christians.
    michele r - USA
  • "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."-Ephesians 6:13 Father, I pray that You will equip with Your full armor to stand against the evil coming against them. You protect them because they are precious to You and You will not fail.
    Miranda J - USA
  • Father God, protect your church in Tanzania, especially in these hot spots where persecution is so strong. Encourage your people. Give them wisdom in all situations. Continue to build your church in the face persecution, even if it's in untraditional ways like house churches. Spread passionate Christianity like a wildfire through this nation. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Dear Lord, please continue to strengthen the faith of these believers in the face of persecution. Give them wisdom on how to handle each situation. Soften the hearts of nonbelievers so that they too may know the love of Jesus Christ and become believers.
    Betty A - USA
  • Holy Father, strengthen Your children as they face increasing hostilities because of their love for You. Help them to be strong, and to shine Your light into the darkness that is there. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Thank You Lord for watching over the people in Tanzania. You know that the Muslims are trying to overpower the Christians, but You are always good and we know that Love will prevail. Help all of Your children to look to You and know that You are God in the good times and the bad. Help us to always proclaim Your gospel and Your glory! Amen!!!
    Donna H - USA
  • Lord please give christians strength to stand u er persecution from the enemy and convict the persecutirs hearts and deliver them from evil and send your abounding love .in jesus name amen
    Sherry S - USA
  • Jesus, help believers without churches to find ways to gather together for Bible study, worship and prayer so that they can continue to grow in their faith and ministry. Raise up leaders to encourage Your people to stand firm despite the pressure. Draw them closer to each other and to You that they will experience the power of the Holy Spirit in them!
    Sharon C - USA
  • Help our brothers and sisters stay strong in Christ and rebuild their churches even better.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, the enemy is trying to the destroy the work of your servants in this area of the world Tanzania. Father even though there is many believers few go to church and also Islam is taking over by force as they destroy churches and believers houses. Please give these believers faith to stand firm as they are persecuted and keep them focus on your Word
    Isabel S - USA
  • Father, thousands of churches have been closed. Would You OPEN THOUSANDS of churches back up acc to Your Will. May many more turn to You. May many in the kingdom of darkness turn to the kingdom of light in Jesus's Name. Solidify the faith of Your people that nothing can shake them in Jesus's Name! Minister courage, forgiveness, & all they need IJN.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Lord God Almighty make the truth of your ever presence real in the lives of your children in Tanzania. May their persecutors be stopped by your power. May they have freedom to worship and praise you. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Father God, let the wicked REPENT in Tanzania and understand that the "body of CHRIST" is not a building, but LIVES in every believer, glory to GOD! Please send divine help to region and sus-out the demons. You know where they are and You are mighty to make men repent! Please encourage the hearts of Your people in Jesus name.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as they face persecution in Tanzania. Forgive the one's that have burned your places of worship and help soften their hearts and minds to receive the gospel. Please help them stay strong and focused on the goal, converting as many individuals as they can to Christianity. Love. Amen
    Alisha M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Church members facing destroyed churches in Tanzania: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring extremists to repentance. Open the hearts of local authorities to You. Sustain Christians under pressure. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, give your children in Tanzania strength and opportunity to spread the gospel of peace, that Zanzibar and other strongholds may yield to the love and salvation of Christ.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Father I lift up my brothers and sisters in Tanzania. Give them wisdom, strength, courage, and steadfastness. Be a shield about them and their strong tower of refuge. Grant that they would speak Your word with confidence and extend Your hand to work through them in mighty ways. Bless them Father!
    Nicka J - USA
  • Heavenly Father , I ask for protection of Your people in Tanzania. I pray that You give them continued courage and strength in the face of this persecution. I pray that You enable to pray and forgive those that are persecuting them. May these perpetrators come to know Jesus Christ, amen.
    Fabiana C - USA
  • Lord, your word continues to go forth despite what the government does. Give these pastors and families wisdom and direction on how to survive and thrive to share and live out the gospel. May the persecutors come to know you and may the gospel go forward in power and strength. Amen.
    Elizabeth L - USA
  • Father God, I pray for patient endurance and courage for Tanzania's Christians who are subjected to Muslim intolerance and persecution. May their commitment to the Gospel and their steadfastness in the face of intimidation and harassment soften the hearts of their enemies and draw them to Christ.
    Brian S - Canada
  • The Lord asked the prophet of Tanzania, "Can these dry bones in this valley live again and breathe the Spirit of God?' The prophet answered, Thou knoweth, Lord God?" The Lord said, "Prophesy over them." And the bones became flesh and the Spirit of the Lord breathed into their mouths and they became children of God in Christ Jesus. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Father God, I pray that your grace will flow over your people in Tanzania and that you would provide everything for their needs. Use this time of persecution to glorify the name of Jesus and spread the gospel to many. May those who seek you, find you. Let there be a great harvest of people for your kingdom in Tanzania. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord Jesus please be with these dear ones in Tanzania, help them to continue to persevere in the faith and be strengthened by your Holy Spirit today and always. In your son's precious name we pray, Amen!
    Evan L - USA
  • Lord, please help your followers in Tanzania that are having such difficulty. Help them to be strong in there faith and communication with their persecutors. Help them to be able to forgive and show your love by serving each other. Please let them know they are not alone and others are lifting them up in prayer. In Jesus name I pray.
    Greg V - USA
  • Please strengthen the faith of Your dear ones in Tanzania. Help them now to feel Your comfort & joy. Please increase their burden to reach the lost and give them doors of opportunity, strength, & guidance to do so. May there be a great harvest of souls in Tanzania soon. Please provide for & protect Your Church there, especially from turning from You.
    Hilary H - USA
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