Tanzania is richly diverse ethnically, linguistically and religiously. It is surrounded by 8 countries: Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, which contribute to this demographic diversity. Dodoma is the capital city, though Dar es Salaam is the largest (5 million). AE Tanzania’s office is in Dar es Salaam, and Rev. Wilfred Mmari is the Team Leader. Tanzania is well known for its great natural beauty: beaches and the island of Zanzibar in the east, savannah grasslands, densely forested mountain regions and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a tourism hub for safaris.
Unfortunately, the 50 million people who live in Tanzania are some of the poorest in the world. This poverty is partly due to the youth of the population. 65% are under the age of 25 (CIA World Factbook 2017). The HIV/AIDS epidemic and high number of children per woman (4.8) create fast population growth, but aging infrastructure cannot keep pace. Other reasons for poverty include significant refugee influxes over the last century, especially from Burundi and the DRC, and mismanagement of the vast mineral and agricultural wealth of the nation. The government is slowly expanding the economy through industry and mining, but the majority of Tanzania’s people remain poor. AE is working in Tanzania with urgency to bring people the best solution – Jesus.
TEAM LEADER: Rev. Michael Macha
Michael was been appointed to the role of Team Leader for Tanzania in mid June 2017. He is married to Gloriacatherine and has three children, Joshua, Faithglory and Elisha who are all in college or seminary training. Michael was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in 2000 and has served in three parishes since then. In 2004, he led an organisation which conducted open air meetings called ‘Nuru ya Injili Kilimanjaro’. He also led the preparations for Arise Kilimanjaro Gospel Crusade. He is passionate about seeing people saved by the Gospel of Jesus and he is excited about his new role as the Team Leader of Tanzania.
PROJECT: HIV and AIDS Education Project (Magu)
A long term, locally run project in Magu, in Tanzania’s north, is the Magu HIV/AIDS Project. AE has been working alongside medical workers and local communities for over 10 years to mitigate the strain of HIV/AIDS on local, vulnerable communities. HIV/AIDS was first reported in Tanzania in 1983, and AE is working to stop the spread, through education.
The beauty of the project in Magu, is that it focuses on whole communities. On educating school teachers, peer and religious leaders, school HIV/AIDS committees, district health coordinators and parents, as well young people. Training is shaped to the leadership group – though reducing stigma, increasing the care that young people take with their bodies, and how to care for HIV/AIDS sufferers are always foci. Specific topics may include:
- Sexual abuse
- Side effects of early pregnancy
- Child rights- promotion and protection of human rights
- Why to delay sex
- The impact of HIV & AIDS
- Myths and facts about HIV & AIDS
- Side effects of unwanted cultural and tradition taboos
In 2016 through this Aid & Development project, AE Tanzania educated about 10,000 people, and reached about 60,000 with the Gospel! The goal for 2017 is to train around 8,800 leaders, to indirectly benefit over 20,000 Tanzanians.
In 2013, a mission to Dodoma reached 8,000 people, and 800 came to know the Lord Jesus.
In 2014, AE Tanzania reached over 17,000 people with the Gospel, and brought 8,000 to Christ.
In 2015, AE Tanzania reached 60,000 people with the Gospel.
In 2016, AE Tanzania reached 14,612 people with the Gospel, and brought 3,780 to Christ through missions.
In 2017, through the continuation of the Magu HIV/AIDS Project and other evangelistic outreach events, AE Tanzania hope to reach tens of thousands of their countrymen with the love of Jesus.
February 2017 (provided by AE Tanzania)
- That Board and Team transitions will be effective and a smooth process to meet the requirements of our Foundational Commitment and the much needed staff stability at office.
- That the Lord will help and provide in a way so we are able to attend to His work of assisting emerging entrepreneur leaders in Tanga, and equipping Girl-to-Girl Evangelists who minister to the those affected by the female circumcision cultures in the Serengeti.
- That the team will prepare well in the lead up to the International Board coming to Tanzania.
- That Lord may provide rain for the drought hit Tanzania.
- That our schoolchildren in the Magu project who affected by hunger and thirst will not compromise the good teachings they receive on this project and live in an ungodly way in search for food and water to survive. May they look and wait upon the Lord for their provision.
- That the Lord will calm down our politicians who turn the drought into a political war of words.