“Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
2 Timothy 4:2
Mission to Tanzania
As I write this update, our Africa Reformation Overland Mission team is leaving Tanzania. Tanzania is a huge country in East Africa. It has a population of over 50 million, compromising more than 150 indigenous ethnic groups. Swahili and English are its official languages. Literacy is estimated at 69%. As a result of disastrous socialist experiments in the 60s and 70s, which they are still trying to recover from, Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations. By God's grace the one party socialist system was ended in 1992 and a multiparty democracy was instituted. There is religious freedom, with nominal Christians over 54% and Muslims 31%. Animists are estimated at over 12% and less than 1% are Hindu. Protestants make up over 8 million (18% of the population). The Evangelical Lutherans are their largest denomination, with over 2,700 congregations and 3.4 million affiliates. Our Mission team’s priorities on this mission are leadership training, literature distribution, film evangelism, children’s ministry and Biblical Preaching Workshops for pastors.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Bad Times are Good for Spiritual Work
As I write this there are daily riots in the streets in almost every province of South Africa. The ANC controlled parliament are holding public hearings to demonstrate public support for their plan to change the constitution to allow “Expropriation Without Compensation” – basically, land confiscations. With such a blatant attempt to subvert private ownership of property, the rule of law and tear up constitutional guarantees, there is a growing lawlessness spreading throughout the country (See: Is South Africa Entering the Second Phase of the Revolution?).
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