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Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%.

Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%.

AIM began work in German East Africa (later Tanganyika and now Tanzania) in 1909 following work started by the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Work began in Nassa with Emil & Marie Sywulkas starting the translation of the Bible, beginning with the Gospel of John in 1913, printed on a small hand press. Their work was focussed on building a strong church led by Godly African leaders, which became one of the building blocks leading to the founding of the indigenous denomination, Africa Inland Church Tanzania. The AIC Tanzania is still an independent and self-governing church, continuing to grow. Currently the AIC Tanzania is estimated to have over 2500 congregations.

Despite the growth of the church there are still a number of unreached people groups in Tanzania. AIM members are currently directly engaged with eight unreached groups there, and remain committed to taking the gospel to the ones who have not yet heard the good news.  The goal is to work together with national church partners and together to finish the task. AIM are also involved in numerous other kinds of ministry (medical, teaching, theological education, children’s work) which contribute to Christ-centered churches who in turn will reach out to the lost.

Latest opportunities in Tanzania

  • Bringing light to Kondoa - We're looking for people to join a TIMO team, reaching out with the gospel to win disciples for Christ from among the unreached people groups of Kondoa.
  • Could you share hope at HOPAC? - Being a teacher at HOPAC provides the opportunity to shape future African leaders, serve missionary families and witness to non-Christian students and their families.
  • Long Term – Ndevelwa Farm Team Member - We are forming a team who can develop and run a working farm, using it as an agricultural training project to build relationships with local people, sharing the good news of Jesus with the unreached and equipping believers to reach out to those around them with the gospel.

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Latest articles from Tanzania

  • “God is at work here” - Our village leader, Mwenyekiti, is a force to be reckoned with. She is well respected in the village and is full of wisdom. She is also adamantly opposed to hearing about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Rearranging the furniture - Eddie Arthur, in his excellent blog post ‘Gospel and Culture’ said: “When the homeless gospel comes into a culture as a guest, it is an awkward guest – quite rude in fact. Rather than just settling down to do things your way, the gospel starts to move the furniture around and redecorate the house.”
  • Longing to be loved - Safina Street Network is an outreach service working with vulnerable children and young people in Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They tell us one boy's story. 
  • Bringing light to Kondoa - AIM is starting a new team in Kondoa beginning in July 2020, partnering with the Africa Inland Church Tanzania. Led by Jared and Megan Hood, AIM missionaries from the US, the team will focus on lifestyle and proclamation evangelism and discipleship.