Vinza in Tanzania

The Vinza have only been reported in Tanzania
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Introduction / History

The ancestors of the Vinza people of western Tanzania migrated to their current location about 2,000 years BC. They originated in central Africa, possibly Cameroon. Their migration was probably a slow process given they added cultural and linguistic aspects of other cultures through this time. They are also sometimes called Mabinza or Binza.
They settled in Uvinza where they began salt mining operations. In the 1800s the had an established chief. Soon Muslim Arab missionaries came to them, and most converted to Islam.
In the late 1800s until 1918, Tanzania was controlled by German colonialists. Entire Vinza communities were killed when they rebelled against the Germans. The Germans did, however, provide infrastructure changes such as a railroad. After WWI, Tanzania was transferred to the British as a colonial holding. Tanzania gained her independence in 1961, and to this day it’s an independent nation.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Vinza people still work in salt mines. Others are farmers and herders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They had Arab Muslim missionaries converting them to Islam followed by Christian missionaries. Today the Vinza people are about half Muslim and half Christian.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vinza people need to understand the grace of God, and how it conflicts with works righteousness. They need to be totally dependent on Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Vinza disciples to make more disciples who will make even more disciples.
Pray for the Vinza people to learn to be dependent on Jesus Christ.
Pray for spiritual hunger that will get them beyond acceptance of a religious system for their spiritual needs.


Scripture Prayers for the Vinza in Tanzania.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinza_people


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vinza
People Name in Country Vinza
Alternate Names
Population this Country 32,000
Population all Countries 32,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15796
ROP3 Code 110573
ROP25 Code 308619
ROP25 Name Vinza
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kigoma region: Kigoma rural district, Uvinza town area west; Tabora and Rukwa regions; west of Nyamwezi [nym], north of Tongwe [tny] language areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kigoma region: Kigoma rural district, Uvinza town area west; Tabora and Rukwa regions; west of Nyamwezi [nym], north of Tongwe [tny] language areas..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
50.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Vinza (32,000 speakers)
Language Code vin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Vinza (32,000 speakers)
Language Code vin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Vinza

Primary Language:  Vinza

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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