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Church buildings burned down in Zanzibar, Tanzania

by Staff
July 13, 2009
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( - Two church buildings on the outskirts of Unguja Township on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar were burned by suspected Muslims on June 28. A flier stating, "We don't want churches on our street."

Today we are going to burn the church, and if you continue we are going to burn your house also," was left at the home of the man who donated the plot for The Evangelical Assemblies of God church building, which was later burned. The Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship in Africa church building, only a few kilometres away, was also torched.

The week before, an assistant sheikh approached the church leader and told him that the building, which was in the final stages of construction, would be destroyed unless the construction was stopped.

Pray that increased persecution will result in increased boldness among believers in Zanzibar (Acts 4:29-31). Pray that the passion of God's people in Zanzibar will be a light that draws others to Christ.

You can post a prayer for persecuted believers in Tanzania and around the world on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at

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