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Tanzania: “I Died a Long Time Ago”

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Life can be dangerous for followers of Jesus in Muslim Tanzania. People who leave Islam to become Christians often have to go into hiding to escape threats and persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

But a Christian in Tanzania told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs:

“Let us not fight their threats out of the fear of dying! I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I’m no longer the one who lives, but he lives in me.” (See Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)

“Jesus never promised me milk and honey. He said there will be trials, persecutions, killings, and threats.

“The best way we can handle these threats is to pray for God’s protection. Otherwise, I am more than ready to die for my dearest Jesus. He made me human! He changed me from a radical Muslim who was trained and ready to kill in the name of Allah to a true believer and a preacher of good tidings.” (Muslims worship Allah.)

“Living with the assurance of salvation and heaven makes me happier than these short years of worldly life [which are nothing] compared to eternal life that I will live with my Jesus in heaven!”

(Edited from the original source for clarity.)

To Think About: What does the Tanzanian Christian mean when he says, “I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior”? (Read Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)


Tanzania: Eva Update

Eva

Eva, a 17-year-old Christian in Tanzania was sent to prison for two years. Muslims accused her of damaging a Quran. Read her story here and here.

The Voice of the Martyrs has received an update saying that a lawyer has agreed to help Eva. The lawyer has filed an appeal to the High Court of Tanzania. Eva hopes the High Court will change her prison sentence.

Please pray for Eva, her lawyer, and for Christians in Tanzania. Go to www.prisoneralert.com to find out how to write a letter of encouragement to Eva.


Attacks in Tanzania

Tanzania

Early this year, radical Muslims threw a large homemade bomb into a church on Zanzibar Island off the coast of Africa. About 500 Christians were in the church. Thankfully, the bomb did not explode!

Then in May, a mob broke into the same church and burned the pulpit, chairs, and musical instruments. The church continues its work, and would even like to expand some of its activities.

Facts about Tanzania and Zanzibar Island

  • The countries of Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to form the country of Tanzania in 1964. However, Zanzibar still has a lot of independence. Zanzibar covers two large islands, Zanzibar and Pemba, and other smaller ones.
  • More than 95 percent of the people of Zanzibar are Muslims. But the church is growing, and some Muslims are reacting with violence. Muslims who leave Islam to follow Jesus often have to go into hiding to escape persecution.
  • More Christians live on Tanzania’s mainland. “More than half of Tanzanians might be ‘Christian,’ but church attendance runs around eight percent,” report Operation World.

Pray for Christians in Tanzania.


Youth Persecuted in Tanzania and Pakistan

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.

Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.

Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.

Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.

Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.

ReadComparing the Bible and the Quran” in the Beliefs section of this site to learn more about the Quran.