Tanzania is located in East Africa, known for its many safari game parks and Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It borders eight countries and has great geographical diversity and stunning natural beauty. However, it is also a deeply impoverished country. An estimated 70% of citizens living below the poverty line of $1.25 a day.
In addition to the physical hunger, there is a deep spiritual hunger in Tanzania. Approximately 40% of the citizens identify as Muslim, many practice various forms of folk religion, and those who do identify as Christian are often engaged with churches proclaiming the prosperity gospel.
To help meet these vital needs, Westside is partnered with Hope of the Nations Bible College who are training and raising up godly, biblically trained church leaders to help carry the gospel throughout this great country.
We have supported them through prayer and by sending teams to Tanzania to support the ministry. Both evangelism teams and teaching pastors have spent time with Hope of the Nations to help them in their efforts.
Hope of the Nations
Hope of the Nations (HofN) is a non-denominational mission organization with the purpose of bringing hope to the nations through the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Word of God (Matthew 12:21). It is located in Kigoma, Tanzania, a port town that rests on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
What does Hope of the Nations do?
Hope of the Nations is engaged in many different educational programs:
- Bible College
- English Medium Primary School
- Medical Training
- Vocational Training Schools
- Kid's Clubs
- Summer Camps
All of these programs include Biblical training and discipleship.
What is the mission of the Bible School?
In Africa there is a great need for biblically trained pastors to lead gospel-centered churches. The mission of the Bible College is to train, equip, and disciple men and women for the works of service in their local churches.
What do the students learn?
The students take classes such as:
- Books of the Bible (Genesis, Acts, Romans, the Gospels)
- Church History
- Biblical Missions
- Inductive Bible Study
- Pastoral Ministry
How will the students change their towns and villages when they graduate?
Most of the students return to their home village upon graduation. They begin to preach and teach with the theological knowledge they have been given, causing people within their churches to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. As a result, Churches in Tanzania are growing. The fruit of HofN is being seen through the work of these passionate pastors dedicated to teaching the scriptures!