District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania in North-Western Diocese has been a “mission area” of the North Western Diocese from the birth of the diocese to date. In 1988 official open of the district by that time was known as Biharamulo, since 2011 changed and named Southern “C” district. Southern C. District is one among the nine districts of the North-Western Diocese.
The Southern C district consist three parishes namely Biharamulo Chato and Nyabugera having 28 congregations which have 7936 members. Our daily mission covers three aspect which is mentally physical and spiritually. The district serves in two governmental regions Kagera and Geita; our service is provided in four districts which are Biharamulo Chato Geita and Muleba
One of the challenges facing us is that the district for a long time is a mission area is because its inhabitants hold strongly beliefs in traditional religion. Although much efforts on evangelization has been done by the diocese, until today there are still families who allows a wife and children to be baptized but fathers remain in traditional beliefs by taking care of the gods and spirits of ancestors as heads of the families, such believes also create acute human rights violation. The rise of fundamentalists, both in Christians and Muslims communities create a new challenge which need a sensitive attention, a call for dialogue is of great importance.
Another challenge is that the district covers larger area thus making reaching people during our services to be very costly in terms of time, energy and resources.
Apart from all that challenges still we have lot of good and encouraging events the number of church attendants is increasing, the new modern churches are constructed, the infrastructures such as roads are know better comparing to the former times. The role of SACCOS found in Southern C is of great importance towards combating poverty and development of the community.
Rev Jackson Mushendwa
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