Heather Taylor is the granddaughter of Emmanuel International’s founder and the daughter of the longest serving EI missionary, until his retirement last year. She is a committed Christian and is raising funds for Emmanuel International projects through the UK and Canada, and for Tearfund Australia. She says “I believe that I have been put on this earth for a reason: to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with my God, and to love my neighbour as myself. My life might so easily have not been one of privilege - I could be living in Yemen right now, where my mom was born. I have met others who have not shared my privilege and as far as I can tell, we're not that different from one another. We can all do something about the injustices we see. Rowing an ocean is certainly not the only way to do it, but through it I hoping I can make a small drop in a very large ocean.”
One of her main prayers is that she could use this opportunity to testify about her faith to many in the rowing community who are not Christians.
She is struggling against the weather at the moment, with strong winds preventing her from taking the route west. She is drifting south, though her plan is to hit the westward streams to help her on her way. She can do with all the prayer and exposure she can get! Please pray for her and share the information about her trip to faithful prayer warriors!
You can read more about her rowing challenge on our webiste on www.eiuk.org.uk/row-2021 or on Heather's own site pacificgiantsrow.com.
She is raising funds through the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia. The projects she is raising funds for are:
- Girls' Health (helping girls to stay in school for longer through being able to manage their periods) in Tanzania and Uganda,
- Health for Development in Tanzania (incorporating many different elements such as clean water, village banks, enterpreneurship, etc. to improve health and hygiene in villages), and
- a variety of projects through Tearfund Australia.
“Praise God for our new team of five deaf carpenters: Godson, Rickson, Michael, Ahmeed and Justin. These new recruits will be responsible for our venture into lower cost eucalyptus furniture,” write Ben and Katy Ray, who provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at the Neema Crafts Centre. Please pray these new staff will learn quickly and be blessed with work for now and the future.
Emmanuel International partner church, Tanzania Assemblies of God, is reaching out to a new area: the rural districts in West Tanga. People here are among the poorest in Tanzania with low literacy and the majority are Muslims. We are assisting the church to reach the community spiritually and physically, while training Edward and Joshua to start ministering. Please pray they will be able to launch into this new area effectively and reach the communities with Jesus’ love.
CMS mission partner Heather Johnstone runs the Rehema Project in Mara, which seeks to empower the most disadvantaged women and children in the area. Rehema’s café and craft shop reopened in January after having been closed for almost a year. Pray for encouragement for the ladies running the shop and for the customer base to increase, as the ladies rely on the shop’s income to provide for themselves and their families.
The entrepreneurship project in Mwanza, Tanzania is a collaboration between Emmanuel International Tanzania and Tanzania Assemblies of God church. It aims to help the poor overcome poverty by teaching biblical business skills and loaning groups money to start a business. Teaching includes biblical truths, laying a foundation of biblical integrity in life and business. It also lays the foundation for a loving relationship with the Creator. Please pray for the new groups in Lugeye, Magu and Bundilya: for unity and success in their business but also for those members who do not know the Saviour, that they will be reached.
Emmanuel International partners with the Pentecostal Holiness Mission church in Iringa, Tanzania. PHM's mission is to do all they can for the salvation of the lost, giving aid to the needy, fallen and afflicted, bringing those in spiritual darkness the knowledge and love of God through preaching and teaching His Word. Please pray as we help them equip pastors and evangelists through Bethel Bible College in holistic mission and allowing them to seek opportunities to engage the local churches in community development and sharing the Good News. We will work with PHM through a Health project which will start in January 2021.
Emmanuel International and Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) work together in the Mwanza region helping churches in various community development projects. This September they are launching Integrated Environmental Renewal Project (IERP), which includes community health education, entrepreneurship, beekeeping and conservation agriculture. It has become apparent that by integrating these projects it enhances communities in environmentally degraded areas. This cause is both physical and spiritual, we have seen it is vital to combine these projects with appropriate evangelism reaching those who don’t know Christ.
Formerly called 'Radio Worldwide', our RW team seeks ‘to produce culturally sensitive media and to equip others to do the same’. Pray for the team as they work to see that vision in action. Pray that they will have the resources and personnel needed to reach the right people with high-quality, thought-provoking media. Please pray for the RW audio programmes. Pray that, through the media the team produces, people will hear the gospel and respond, wherever they are. Pray especially for places where this media is being received as part of very limited access to the gospel.
Neema Crafts, pioneered and led by Church Mission Society mission partners in Iringa, Tanzania, has joined the worldwide fight against Covid-19 by halting production of their normal popular craft items to focus on manufacturing PPE to equip the country’s hospitals, medical centres and key frontline workers. Staffed exclusively by men and women with disabilities including deaf and physically disabled people, the Neema Crafts Centre officially closed its cafe and halted production in its workshops at the beginning of April and set to work doing what they can to protect the lives of frontline workers. Pray for the Neema team as they produce 800 masks, 120 face shields and 50 gowns per week from the safety of their own homes.
Kome Island, on Lake Victoria, population 60,000; the majority being subsistence farmers or fishers. The island has no paved roads and no running water; electricity is only for the few who can afford it. Emmanuel International (EI) is currently working through three Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) churches on the island to train women to be breastfeeding and early nutrition peer supporters. Pray that the lives of the rural island women will be transformed, physically and spiritually.
There’s a significant gap in countries across sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to the topic of menstruation. The importance of addressing this gap cannot be stressed enough: girls need to become empowered to take care of their changing bodies. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 African girls skip school 4 to 5 days per month or drop out completely because of menstruation. With studies showing that every year of school increases a girl’s future earning power by 10 to 20 percent, can reduce the risk of HIV infection, and delay teenage pregnancy, keeping girls in school is a must. Please pray for the “Nguvu na Hadhi” project (strength and dignity) being launched in Mwanza, Tanzania. We want these girls to learn they are loved beyond measure by their creator.
Although the area where the Zigua people live has plentiful rains, most have no way to store water. For much of 2018 the pump at the village well was burnt out and the government system to deliver water didn’t reach them. The result was that the cost of a single Jerry can of water was out of reach for every household in the area. People rode over 10km to obtain even a can of water. Water is one of those things that you don't consider too much until you don't have it; then it consumes you. Now that the well in the village has been fixed, pray that the Zigua would turn their thoughts to the Living Water, and be consumed by it.
The residents of Lupembelwasenga in Tanzania used to fetch their water from the river 2km away and carry it home. Through instigation of the local church, Lupembelwasenga Water Project is bringing clean spring water from the next valley and pumping it to the top of the village using a solar powered pump. Residents provided the labour for laying the distribution pipe system to bring water within reach of every household. Alongside this, there is health and hygiene teaching, and training of a water users’ association to own and operate the system. Pray that the project brings lasting health and poverty relief benefits to the village, bringing glory to God as a result.
Pray for the people of Tanzania who are living in spiritual darkness, following their traditional religious beliefs. There are many Christian evangelists preaching the gospel to villages and, in a recent trip into villages in the South Maasai area, a few evangelists preached to 325 people and 20 gave their lives to Jesus. Please pray for these new Christians, that their faith will grow and their relationship with the Lord will strengthen, and they will be a light in their communities. Pray also for the evangelists as they faithfully continue to make Jesus known in Tanzania.
Pray that God’s kingdom would come in power among the Alagwa of Tanzania. May there be Alagwa disciples who make disciples in many villages. For the new Alagwa believers, we ask God that they may have the courage to share the good news of Jesus with their family and friends. Pray for the church in Kwa Madebe, that the believers may grow in faith there. Prat it would be a missionary church, reaching those from all people groups in the community.
The majority of people in rural Iringa are smallholder subsistence farming families who are trying to make a living from the land. However, once fertile soils are being depleted and eroded and there is need to develop alternative streams of income. ‘Imarika’ is the name of a project in Tanzania that includes areas of training in savings and loans, fuel efficient stoves, afforestation, conservation agriculture, beekeeping and poultry. ‘Imarika’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘to be strengthened.’ Please pray for the project to grow, for the environment, and church to be strengthened and for smallholders to be helped by this project.
In Tanzania, a woman’s football team has been set up as a way of helping the women to engage with scripture. Three times a week the ladies meet to practice and spend time learning to read the Safwa language and how to lead Bible studies. They come from different denominations. Some don’t go to church but they are starting to learn the word of God. Pray for connections with significant people in communities that will enable the word of God to reach many people in the Safwa language. Pray for the ladies on the football teams, that they would not only have fun playing together, but would be motivated to read the Bible and would be changed by the power of God’s word and his Spirit at work amongst them.
Rural village beekeeper groups and an apiary at a church planting school have been started in the Mwanza region of Tanzania. In addition to the monetary and health benefits of honey, bee hives in a field greatly increase crop yields. Beekeepers are trained to manage hives, harvest them and market the honey. Women’s groups are taught to make beeswax products such as candles, lip balms and soaps, along with entrepreneurship training. Please pray for these beekeepers and mothers that we meet regularly to study God’s word. Pray for the growth and strength of their hives and businesses.
Emmanuel International is helping the church in Pawaga, Tanzania, to assist victims of the floods which occurred in February. Families’ food supplies were destroyed when flood waters washed away the crops. Thanks to donations already given to this appeal, food was delivered to the church and distributed. One of the victims who received supplies was the mother of Amina, a baby girl who was miraculously born on a termite mound while her family awaited rescue from the flood. We thank God that baby Amina is doing well, but her family is currently homeless. Please pray for families affected by the flooding as they are rebuilding their lives and for the local church supporting them.
Please pray for spiritual breakthrough among the Alagwa, that the fear and demonic activity which enslaves so many people there may be broken. May our God who releases captives set many souls free to love and serve him. Community is of ultimate importance in decision making, so please pray that whole families will come to faith among the Alagwa.
The Zigua people of KomSanga village in northeastern Tanzania have never heard the gospel. Please pray that even before missionaries go to live among them and share the good news that God would be softening their hearts to his message of love and redemption.
In the village of Chidudu lives Velonkia, who suffered from a terrible illness. One day she accepted prayer from the evangelist team and became well. “I believed in Jesus because of that ministry”, she explains. But life didn’t miraculously turn around to be trouble-free - her one-year old baby boy became seriously ill with malaria and died. Despite the difficulties and loss she has experienced, Velonika loves the Lord and is grateful for the clinic and evangelists that visit each month. Give thanks for the witness of evangelists and medical staff through monthly safari clinics in Tanzania. Pray that many like Velonika will receive physical and spiritual healing.
The Rufiji delta in Tanzania is nearly 370 miles long and has the largest mangrove forest in East Africa. Many of the villages are located on islands only reachable by boat or plane. Pray for the inhabitants of these remote villages which are vulnerable to flood and have only limited access to healthcare and other essential services.
For a number of years now, AIM has been running a livestock project which loans goats to evangelists from the Africa Inland Church Tanzania (AICT) working in the Lake Eyasi area. The project aims to help them in a sustainable way, encourage them to breed a herd and then return the original goats to the project within a four year period. The idea is that through the goat herds the evangelists will be able to supplement their incomes. Give praise to God that recent highlights have included the first goat twins being successfully reared and seeing one evangelist having to enlist the help of a second herder as his flock grows. It has also been encouraging to see people who have tended to live ‘hand to mouth’ start to take a more long term view of things as they have seen the value and number of their goats increase over time.
The Yao are a predominantly Muslim people group spread across Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. In Malawi a number of church-planting pastors from the Zambezi Evangelical Church are seeking to reach out to the Yao with the truth of the gospel. They are planning to lend ‘Megavoice’ talking New Testaments in Yao language to individuals or family groups who are curious to hear about Jesus. The pastors will then follow up by asking or answering further questions. Please pray that through this initiative many Yao people would come to know Jesus.
Safina Street Network is an holistic outreach to vulnerable children and young people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Many come from broken families and decide to live on the streets. They face crime, drug abuse, hardship and repeated rejection. Safina aims to help these children to know God and come into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ as well as assisting them with shelter, food, medical treatment, education and life skills. Pray for all those involved with this project.
No one knows for certain, but the Datooga are thought to number at least 100,000, spread out over a vast area of bush in North and Central Tanzania. Traditionally they follow animistic beliefs and practices, in which animal sacrifices and ancestral spirits play an important part. Datooga Christians who decline to take part in traditional rituals are often ostracised by their local communities. Pray that believers will be able to stand firm in the Lord and enjoy being free from these traditional practices and superstitions. Pray that their freedom in Christ will attract many more to follow Jesus.
Datooga is the name of the large group scattered across Tanzania to which the Barabaig and Taturu belong - there are possibly 16 groups or clans. The Datooga respect and fear their ancestors and communicate with them through the spirits, so witchcraft and sorcery is rampant. Five Old Testament foundational stories have been prepared to be translated and recorded by some Datooga believers who just recently graduated from Bible School. They are grateful that they already have four parables of Jesus recorded in the Datooga language which the local people listen to with rapt attention. Pray that the Holy Spirit would open the hearts and minds of the Datooga people to the truths they are learning about a God who wants a true, deep and loving relationship with each one of them.
Population: 51,820,000 (2014)
Official languages: Swahili, English (higher courts and higher education)
GDP (PPP) per capita: $3,296 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 58 years
Religions: 36% Muslim, 26% indigenous beliefs, 21% Catholic, 12% Protestant, 4% Atheist or Agnostic 1% other religions