Project Tanzania (Kilanya)

Project Tanzania was launched in 2009 by Valorie Eddy and a team of leaders from her home church, Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, in Flagstaff, AZ. KidZ at Heart works with many churches to take children’s ministry training to an overseas church or ministry with whom the North American team already has a relationship. This maximizes the relationship that has already been developed while adding a much-needed layer to the ministry overseas.

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About the Country:

The World Factbook (maintained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) regularly updates excellent information about this country and its people.

Tanzania is a deeply religious country, but varied in beliefs: mainland – Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar – more than 99% Muslim.

Like many African countries, it is home to a diversity of languages groups: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages [note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages].

KidZ Ministry Equipping Conferences:

KMEC (KidZ Ministry Equipping Conference) is the name given to the training conference that this team will conduct while in country. Those living in the region who are interested in attending the training conference should contact the KidZ Leadership Network Coordinator in this country for more details (see information about the KLNC below).

First KidZ KMEC: July 2009

Next KidZ KMEC: Please click on navigation tabs to the left of this panel for future project information.

KidZ Leadership Network:

Each KidZ at Heart project works with a local leader who coordinates a network of children’s ministry leaders and teachers called the KidZ Leadership Network. The KLN Coordinator serves as KidZ at Heart’s host for the project team and key communicator with leaders in the region. Most KLN Coordinators also hold regular meetings of local leaders for ongoing training and encouragement and to share resources and ideas.

Contact the KLN Coordinator for this project to inquire about local network meetings for children’s ministry and church leaders. Your KLNC will also help you register for the next KidZ Ministry Equipping Conference or other training events in your region.

See navigation tabs to the left of this panel for reports on current or future projects in this region and for contact information for the KLNC in this region.