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Tanzanian Pastor Attacked

We've received word this week from The Voice of The Martyrs that Muslim extremists have attacked another pastor in Tanzania--this time in the northwestern town of Geita.

According to VOM contacts, Pastor Robert Ngai of the Evangelistic Assemblies of God of Tanzania was assaulted at his home June 3 by several assailants armed with machetes. Pastor Ngai was critically injured when he attempted to shield his head from repeated blows of the machetes. Injuries to his hands and arms were so severe, he was rushed to the hospital in nearby Mwanza for treament in the ICU.

An attempt on the life of another pastor in the same town occurred just three nights earlier.

Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania Pastor Daudi Nzumbi phoned the police when he noticed a mob of angry Muslims breaking into his home. According to VOM, Pastor Nzumbi says the officer on duty told him the police "cannot potect every pastor" in town.

Police were not immediately dispatched to the pastors home, but Nzumbi was uninjured because the assailants ran away after they became frightened by the pastor's guard dogs.

Muslim extremist attacks on Tanzanian pastors and their churches are now becoming commonplace.

President Obama needs to raise the issue with President Jakaya Kikwete when the two leaders meet in Dar Es Salam at the end of this month.

And Christians need to keep praying for the Tanzanian church!

View one of my reports on Tanzania persecution (broadcast earlier this year) at Tanzanian Pastors.