World Convention is currently building a global reference for the countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.
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“Tanzania” derives from the names of the two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, that united on 26 April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. On 29 October 1964, the country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south.
According to recent estimates 40% of the population is Muslim, 35.1% Christian, 19.6% practices Animism, while 5.4% of the population is unaffiliated or follows other religions. Zanzibar is about 97 percent Muslim. The Christian population is mostly composed of Roman Catholics. Among Protestants, the large number of Lutherans and Moravians point to the German past of the country while the number of Anglicans point to the British history of Tanganyika.
Christian Missionary Fellowship of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ has a mission team in Tanzania that trains local church planters and works in medical, agricultural and economic ministries. Pioneer Bible Translators have also worked in Tanzania.
Missionaries from North American Churches of Christ began to plant churches in East Africa after World War II. Eldred Echols and Guy Caskey (1917-2003) moved from South Africa to Tanganyika (Tanzania) in 1952, establishing the Tanganyika Bible School near Chimala to train African evangelists in 1956. That school closed in 1971 but was replaced by the Chimala School of Preaching in 1987. Today it is Chimala Bible Institute, associated with Bear Valley Bible Institute International http://www.wetrainpreachers.com/chimala-mission/.
In 1964, Andrew (1931-1992) and Claudine Connally raised the funds for a clinic that eventually became Chimala Hospital. Other missionaries opened new work in Tanzania so that today there are over 165 churches and 12,000 adherents.
International Churches of Christ have congregations in Dar es Salaam and in Arusha.
Created by Gary Holloway, October 15, 2013, revised August 10, 2016
Chimala Bible Institute
Associated with Bear Valley Bible Institute International
Christian Missionary Fellowship http://cmfi.org/wherewework/tanzania
Pioneer Bible Translators http://pioneerbible.org