Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and located just below the equator. It is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and its population includes more than 120 different indigenous African people groups. Roughly 90 percent of Tanzanians live in rural areas and live off what they can grow on the land.
We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We believe the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world, and that the local church exists to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.
We partner with local indigenous leaders as they minister to the communities and cultures that they themselves are from. We start projects and programs in the hardest places and set up a plan for them to be self-sustaining in order for them to know independence and the value of reinvesting in their own communities.
Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Tanzania.
Mission To Unreached People (MUPE), led by Janet Kosgei and her father Hannington Munyao, is an African-led ministry that mentors, disciples, and raises up African leaders to reach ethnolinguistic people groups with little to no access to the message of Jesus. After Hannington spent time in Sudan as a missionary, his heart for Christ and passion for missions resulted in the founding of MUPE. MUPE is mobilizing the African church to send out missionaries with local support to unreached people groups. Through its team of 25+ missionaries, MUPE focuses on empowering communities through their work in education, healthcare, and church planting. Mission ONE has partnered with MUPE since 2000.
East Africa has become a majority Christian culture over the last 200 years. While the message of Jesus has spread far and wide, the good news often lacks a connection to people's everyday lives.
We have made it our mission to partner with local indigenous leaders and missional organizations around the world to reach unreached people groups by planting churches in the areas they are already serving. Not only do we desire to see more people come to Jesus Christ and experience the power of his life, death, and resurrection, but we also work towards sustaining the communities these churches are planted in. We do this by creating locally-sustained projects that aim to transform communities from the inside out. It’s our vision for communities around the world to look more like the Kingdom of God.
Learn more about our work and how we connect to unreached people groups through the practice of listening by checking out our blog post: Listening as a Gospel Movement.