No material belongings to help you out of poverty. No food to feed yourself or your family. No money for school fees. Plenty of illness. This is day to day life for most Rangi people.
The Rangi live in the hilly region of north central Tanzania. They are primarily farmers, growing crops such as maize and millet. Travelling in search of of permanent water sources, their ancestors were water diviners. They believe that their ancestors travelled across Ethiopia and Kenya, and south to Tanzania through the Rift Valley, until they reached Haubi. At one stage there was a large lake in Haubi, but this has dried up in recent years.
The predominant religion among the Rangi is Islam, but it is mixed up with their traditional beliefs. There are lots of reports of witchcraft and sorcery, which have sometimes generated a fear among the people living in the surrounding areas. A very small percentage has been influenced by Christianity from outreach from the Catholic church. Many evangelists and pastors from non-Rangi Protestant backgrounds have worked among the Rangi, but this has so far had very little impact.
Two AIM Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) teams have lived and worked among the Rangi, in 1998-2000 and 2012-2014. There are missionaries currently living among them. There are portions of the Bible available in the Rangi language, and translation work is continuing. The Jesus film has recently been completed in Rangi, and a Rangi believer travels from village to village showing the film.
If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayer sheet on the Rangi of Tanzania