We’ve traveled the length and breadth of Tanzania. From the oppressive heat of Dar Es Salaam to the coolness of a mountain villlage in the southwest we met the Tanzanian people, a friendly people with ready smiles and greetings.
We found the same to be true as we drove 17 hours north over well-paved roads to visit several people groups. Granted, the roads turned to dirt, dust and ruts as we neared the villages of these people groups, and a layer of dust coated everything from the surface of our shoes and clothing to our phones, cameras and water bottles. It would take washing my hair three times that evening before the rinse water would be clear.
We drank much water that day as we went from village to village, hearing how they’ve lived for centuries and wondering how much remains the same today. The blend of the old and new was evident in many cases.
Tanzania is a country made up of many people groups with their own cultures and languages, Swahili being the national trade language. Most have blended together in peaceful harmony. However, some remain more isolated, less connected to the 21st century. They pick and choose what’s important to them of all that civilization offers.
Like other unreached people groups around the world, there continue to be people groups in Tanzania that live at the edge of civilization, at the edge of the church, but not beyond the reach of the love of God.
They are people in need of a clear gospel presentation. They are people in need of a Savior. They are people for whom God sent His Son to die for.
Pray for the work in Tanzania, as the missionaries look to God for wisdom regarding which people groups with whom to work.