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Planning a mission trip to Tanzania:
Tanzania is an ideal country for a mission trip. Spiritual impact and seeing something new and exciting are among many factors that pastors and members consider when planning destination of a mission trip. Tanzania offers an excellent opportunity to meet these goals since it is one of the fastest growing areas of our church. In fact, the church in Tanzania was established by a mission trip of two young lay people from Germany. Johannes Ehlers – a 25 years painter and A. C. Enns – a 34 year agricultural extension officer – both arrived in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) from Fridansau Germany in December 1903 (Elineema 1993 and Horschele 2005). This mission trip – which took place about 44 years after the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church was established in October 1860 (Haloviak 2010) – planted our church in Tanzania. In the past 56 years, the church has grown fivefold from a mere 13,573 in 1960 to over 420,000 members in 2013. Despite the impressive growth in the last 113 years, Tanzania membership is still growing fast at an average annual growth rate of 7% – more than twice the country’s population growth rate. Despite this fast growth, there is a lot work to be done in Tanzania. We still have pockets of areas which could be classified as un-entered. Tanzania has two union conferences – northern Tanzania Union Conference (NTUC) and Southern Tanzania union conference (STUC) but the NTUC accounts for 90% of membership though it accounts for only 54% of Tanzania’s 45 million people. So “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” Matthew 9:37. The good news is, people are very receptive to our faith in the un-entered areas. Come join Ehlers and Enns mission – which they started 113 years ago.
Tanzania a tourist destination
It is always great to appreciate God’s wonderful creation and Tanzania is ranked one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Tanzania is one of the twelve countries with largest biological diversity in the world (megadiverse countries). The country has 16 game parks and is home to the Serengeti – which is one of the largest game parks in the world. The country has some of the most unique species in the world – such as tree climbing lions. Though it sits only 200 miles south of the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro is snowcapped throughout the year and is the highest mountain in Africa. It gently rises above flat plains and much easier to climb even for amateur climbers
With a total of 120 ethnic groups speaking different languages, Tanzania is the fourth most linguistically diverse country in the world (UNESCO 2009). This diversity challenged early European missionaries communication with indigenous communities. The challenge created a fertile ground for creating a lingua franca to facilitate communication. Swahili was promoted by the German colonial rule. The language is now spoken in churches and other public places and it has become one of the forces that has united the country.
The cultural diversity in Tanzania has attracted socio-cultural tourism. Tanzania is among the few countries with hunters and gatherers. For example the Hadzabe in Yaeda Chini in northeastern Tanzania has remained hunters and gatherers todate. The Maasai and Datooga – also found in northeastern Tanzania – are renowned throughout the world for their traditional pastoral livelihoods and strong protection of their cultural identity that has survived erosion from western growing influence.
The Zanzibar people in the islands of Unguja and Pemba are mainly Moslems and have maintained a strong cultural identity that has attracted cultural tourism. Their rice-based cuisine – enriched with cloves, cardamom, coconut, Vanilla, and Nutmeg. Zanzibar is one of the food and spice tourism destination in the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Tanzania has one national language – Swahili – that not only is spoken by almost all resident Tanzanians but has become the lingua franca of eastern and central Africa?
- Swahili is not a natural language arising from the Tower of Babel? It is a combination of many languages formed out of trade among Eastern Tanzania Africans, Arabs, Indians, and Portuguese. German and English colonizers also added words to Swahili. Since Zanzibar was the epicenter of culture and trade, its dialect formed the core and the standard of the evolving Swahili language. The spread of Kiswahili into the mainland and neighboring countries was assisted by the caravan trade and empire building through conquest.
- The African-American Kwanzaa seven principles are written in Swahili?
- Lion King Cartoon was inspired by Serengeti National Park and the animation’s sights, sounds, colors, moods, plains, craters, jungles and sunsets are all based on the Serengeti national park? The lion king names (simba, shenzi, etc are Swahili words)?
- More than half of the global lion population is found in Tanzania? For example one estimate show that the world lion population is only about 25,000 and the 15,600 lions are found in Tanzania.
- Tanzania has 16 game parks spread throughout the country and attracting over 1.6 million tourists a year. Tourism contributes about US$1564 million in 2013 to the economy or 13% of the country’s GDP. About 422,000 people are employed in the tourism industry – making tourism the second largest employer in Africa – after South Africa.
- US accounts for the largest share (21%) of tourists to Africa and from 2006 to 2012, the number of American visits grew by 34%.
- About 421,456 Tanzanians or 1% of the country’s population lived in diaspora in 2012 and they sent US$389 million to Tanzania – equivalent to about 1% of the GDP?
Tanzania tourist board: http://www.tanzaniatouristboard.com/
National Geographic country safari tour guide: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/tanzania-guide/
Tanzania has three international airports – with Dar es Salaam – the commercial capital – being the busiest. Kilimanjaro international Airport in northeastern Tanzania is the tourist hub airport in Eastern and Central Africa. Zanzibar international airport is increasingly getting busier due to the increasing tourist arrivals in the Archipelago islands. There are no direct flight from US to Tanzania but the following airlines serve Tanzania and have flights from US
Need help to arrange your mission trip?
TAUS can help as you plan your mission trip to Tanzania. Please contact the following TAUS leaders:
Pastor Caleb Migombo
Project Director and Chaplain
Phone Number: 919-443-6070
Mr Michael Mwasumbi
Mr Shukrani Magoma