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

[189] 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.

Click here to find out about Christian persecution in Tanzania and learn how to pray.

Write your own prayer for Church members facing destroyed churches

  • Father I pray for each pastor who has had their church taken away. I pray that they would not give up God. That you would give them renewed enthusiasm and vision and that they would be refreshed by you and continue to shepherd their people. Give them great strength and love for you, I pray that you would encourage them and the body of Christ would grow
    Becky G - New Zealand
  • Dear Jesus, You know all about the suffering of these precious Christians. Give them wisdom, discernment and encourage them to persevere.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Jesus, please comfort and encourage the Christians. Protect them from continued persecution.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, your people in Tanzania reach out to you for mercy & grace. Preserve their churches & meeting places. Provide for their needs body, mind, & spirit. Shower your love on them & turn evil away from them. In the strong name of Jesus, heal their affliction. May Jesus be lifted high in Tanzania forevermore. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • One of my biggest prayers for these regions father is that they will come to know what it is to have religious liberty for the sake of all. May the Christians be blessed and aided. May the aggressors be enlightened so that they can at least coexist in peace in Jesus' most precious and Holy name, amen
    Angela L - USA
  • Lord I life up the christian community in Tanzania. We know the church is not the building but your people. Send your Holy Spirit to give them creative wisdom in ways to continue to worship you. Give them strength, courage and hope as they continue to serve you. Use this time to bring many more to salvation. Work miracles of provision for them.
    Angie E - USA
  • For all those persecuted for the lords work and to all our brothers and sisters in the lord i pray when you all pass away you may R I P this to me dose not only mean rest in peace but intended to mean by prayer risen in peace at the time of the resurrection of the dead to live forever this time this is my prayer for all those in JESUS love your all
    Themis K - Australia
  • Father God we lift up our brothers and sisters in Tanzania living in the Muslim majority area. Please strengthen them and let them remain faithful to Jesus Christ! Please fill them with Your Spirit and may they forgive those who persecute them. Please fill them with your peace and joy! We pray many Muslims in Tanzania will come to faith in Jesus.
    Sarah H - USA
  • Most High God, protect your church in Tanzania and stop the persecution in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Lord God, Captain of Army, I ask that you would stop the persecution of Your Church in Tanzania and that the majority Christians would prevail over the efforts to remove them. Like Elisha, show Your children that Your armies are with them and You protect them.

    Joan B - USA
  • Precious Lord Jesus, have mercy and help our fellow believers in Tanzania stay strong in their faith in You. I pray for protection for them Father , please stop the Muslims from harassing these brothers and sisters in Christ. Help the rebuild the churches that have been destroyed. Renew their spirits. We give you all the glory in Jesus "s Name Amen
    Debbie D - USA
  • Heavenly father, the time has come in Tanzania and the world when they will not endure sound doctrine but will turn their ears away from the truth. Please encourage these believers and pastors to be watchful in all things, endure inflictions, do the work of evangelists and fulfill their ministries.
    Julie C - USA
  • Father, the world hates us because it hates you. Help Christians in Tanzania keep their eyes on you. Help them to remember you are with them. Speak to he hearts of those who persecute them. Lord, guide your children, help them forgive and stand firm in the faith. Anoint those who will share the gospel. Put your Holy Fire in their bones. Move, Father.
    polly c - USA
  • 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
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