Africa
Inland Mission

Pray for the
unreached
Zigua people

Little education, little healthcare, no gospel witness. This is the state of the Zigua people in KomSanga village located in northeastern Tanzania.

Who are the Zigua people?

The Zigua are found in a small coastal region in northeastern Tanzania, near to to Dar-es-Salaam. Numbering around 631,000 they are part of the Bantu linguistic group with their own language called Zigula. Like many Bantu people the Zigua can trace their history back thousands of years, with their history including the story of their flight east to the coast of Tanzania as they avoided the slave trade. Today many Zigua are involved in the farming of sisal, which is cultivated for its fibre used in ropes and mats.

What do they believe?

In 2011 the Africa Inland Church Tanzania (AICT) carried out research among the Zigua of KomSanga village and found them to be absolutely unreached with the gospel. One hundred percent of the village claim to be Muslim. There is no primary or secondary school, water source or medical clinic in the village. The Zigua are desperately in need of both social and spiritual help.

What is being done to reach them with the gospel?

The first step for AIM has been to send a two-year Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) team into the area in September 2017. The team includes AIM team leaders (Jeremy & Leah Krahn), three AIM households and two AICT families. The team will work together to meet some of the physical and social needs in the community as way of sharing the love of Christ and opening the door for the gospel.  

Prayer Resources

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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 Zigua of Tanzania

 

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