23 Gideons from around the world joined together on the international Scripture blitz (ISB) team in Tanzania earlier this year. Tanzania has almost 50 million people, of which 30 % is Christian and 30 % Muslim.
308 000 Scriptures were distributed one by one to the people of Dar Es Salaam, Moshi and Mbaye over two weeks by the ISB team, with support of local Gideons. The large majority of distributions were in schools. Half the population is 15 and under. Many many decisions for Christ. Praise God!
Amazing answers to prayer were received in transport, safety in the face of opposition and other dangers, and issues with government officials.
All the Testaments the team had were in Swahili or English. One testament in Turkish was somehow "mistakenly" put in the supplies and was issued (unwittingly) to a boy... he drew it to the attention of the team and asked for another in Swahili... but then asked to keep the Turkish one.... he had a Turkish father. "My Dad will need this”
The photo below is from a secondary school in Dar Es Salaam. A child came to the principal, Gaudence Mushi and asked him for a Bible. The principal said:”No, what I would like to do is to provide a Bible to every student in the school. "How would you do that sir?” the boy asked (recognising the challenge of cost and resources). “I don't know. I will pray about it “Mr Mushi said. God answered that prayer within a day, in a remarkable way. One of the teams of the ISB group prayed and looked for further schools and visited this particular school to arrange a presentation of Testaments.
On the following day there was a moving presentation, with all teachers and students present receiving their Scriptures. The Gideons prayed for the school students and outlined the plan of salvation. Many responded.