Ministry in Swahili
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed
and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
“Jitahidi kujidhihirisha mbele za Mungu kama mtu aliyepata kibali chake,
mfanyakazi asiyekuwa na sababu yo yote ya kuona aibu,
ambaye hulitumia neno la kweli kwa usa hihi.”
A Church on Kome Island
Tanzania lacks trained, mature leaders. The pastor of the church above ministers to this congregation as well as approximately 400 additional community members.
An ABH Book Drop
Pastors who support various ministry locations across Kome Island join together to receive Bibles, bicycles, and our bite-sized books.
Kome Island & Beyond
Pastors share books with congregations to instigate spiritual growth. Each ABH book includes a gospel presentation, which introduces others to Christ wherever a book travels.
Approximately 150,000,000 Swahili speakers span 12 countries.
Swahili Speaking Countries:
Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi, Somalia, Comoro Islands, and Rwanda.
Sixty-five to seventy-five percent of people in rural areas of Tanzania can read on a third- to fifth-grade level.
Average Years of Education:
In rural areas of Tanzania, the average person receives a sixth grade education.
Most residents of the Lake Victoria Islands receive sustenance from evil spirits, requiring the literal sacrifice of their first born son in return.
Seven out of ten people on Kome Island, Tanzania, experience demon possession.
Sources for statistics:
*Wikipedia, s.v. “Swahili Language,” last modified March 27, 2017, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/swahili_language.
*Mohochi, Sangai and Wairungu, Michael, http://swahililanguage.stanford.edu/where20%20swahili%20is%20spoken.html. Accessed March 28, 2017.
*National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2011: 34-37.
*Yusuph Emmanuel, verbal communications with Juliet Barbre: 2016 and March 2017.