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Posted on May 15th, 2013.

An email from Director of Education for the Tanzanian Assemblies of God just arrived:

“Thank you for supporting us in the Strategic plan of harvesting lost souls, for building a dormitory where God’s servants will be trained for the ministry. The hope of Tanzania is on trained leaders. That dormitory will contribute a lot as it attracts many people to join the college because there is enough room for accommodation.”

Reverend Jonas Mkoba

Tanzania has seen a rise in sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in the past year.

LOOK AT THIS SUMMARY OF RECENT EVENTS

  • British Broadcasting News
  • 5 May 2013 – African Reports
  • Tanzania church hit by deadly explosion

An explosion at a crowded Catholic church in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha has killed at least four people and injured more than 50.

Tanzania President Jaakaya Kikwete condemned the attack as an “act of terrorism.” Internal Affairs Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi told Parliament, “We must protect national unity, peace and tranquility of our country at any costs.”

April 2013 – Last month, police in southern Tanzania used teargas to disperse about 200 Christian rioters attempting to set fire to a mosque following a dispute over animal slaughtering. A Tanzanian Assemblies of God pastor was killed in the riot.

February 2013 – A Catholic priest was shot in the head on the 99% Muslim island of Zanzibar.

Last year in Dar es Salaam, Muslim cleric Sheikh Ponda was arrested for giving speeches inciting people to hate other religions and the government.

There are no official records of religious affiliation in Tanzania so it is not clear whether Muslims or Christians form the majority. However, it is apparent that the religious war is escalating for the hearts of men and women in Tanzania.

What you have just read confirms the urgency upon us to complete the dormitory. The present and future battle to win Tanzanians for Christ is paramount. The students are part of an army that must confront the enemy in every quarter. What we are doing will have eternal consequences.

In the past month African Moons partners have stepped up their financial giving and we are needing just $27,000.00 to complete the entire building. As soon as the final funds are given it will take approximately four weeks to complete the dormitory. Praise God! The journey of completing the dormitory is in our sights. Thank you for all you are doing to help us. We need you and your prayers to see us through to Victory!

Tanzania for Jesus!

Joel & Sally Vann


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