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Our vision as OM Lake Tanganyika is to see the people living around the Lake worshipping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. We want to see them experience freedom from their fears and bondage to spirit worship, and to become people and communities transformed by the love of Jesus.

We believe we are fulfilling our purpose as we see local believers whose own lives have been transformed by freedom in Christ spreading the Truth from village to village all along the Lakeshore. Our desire is to be both teachers and examples to the people, caring for spiritual and physical needs.

On the whole, the villages of Lake T are characterized by underdevelopment. The predominant source of livelihood is fishing, as agricultural farming is an almost impossible venture in the rocky soil. Clinics and schools are few, and the literacy rate is very low. Ritual sacrifices are thought to help the fishermen bring in a good catch, and a visit to the local witchdoctor is believed to ensure blessing when sickness occurs. People follow the traditions of spiritism and witchcraft, and are largely bound by fear.

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest lake in east Africa. It’s also the world’s longest freshwater lake at 660 kilometres, and the second deepest at 1,436 metres. It is quite narrow, measuring anywhere from 16 to 72 kilometres across. It forms the boundary between Tanzania and Congo, and also borders Zambia in the south and Burundi in the north. This puts the Lake in a very strategic position, providing outlets to ministry in many different areas.

OM Lake Tanganyika Ministries

  • Prayer

    Prayer

    We believe that everything should begin with prayer. Each Monday we pray and fast as a team.

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  • Good News School

    Good News School

    The latest census indicated that Mpulungu has a population of about 100,000 people, of which 46% are children. Many of these children are vulnerable or orphaned. In Zambia, schooling is free for orphans up to

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  • Fishers of Men

    Fishers of Men

    One of the main local industries is fishing. God has led us to come alongside the fishermen, spending time with them out on the lake and sharing, showing, and reading the Word of God. There

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  • Skills Training

    Skills Training

    The amount of fish available in the lake is gradually reducing due to years of overfishing. People need another alternative for how to make their living. We have implemented different areas of ministry to prepare

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  • Community Transformation

    Community Transformation

    In addition to fishing with the fishermen, the team has begun brainstorming ideas with the fishermen about how to healthily evolve and grow the community into a sustainable economy.

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  • Medical Ministry

    Medical Ministry

    Along the Zambian shoreline of Lake Tanganyika are people living in remote villages inaccessible by road. People living in these villages have very limited access to health care as a direct consequence of their geographical

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  • AIDSLink International

    AIDSLink International

    We partner with AIDSLink International in order to impact the global HIV and AIDS pandemic. Along the Zambian shoreline of Lake Tanganyika are people living in remote villages inaccessible by road. People living in these

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  • Burundi

    Burundi

    Discipleship and Farming God’s Way are being implemented in this area we are working in, led by Lake Tanganyika missionaries who accepted the call to carry God’s work there. Our vision is to see Burundian

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  • Boarding House

    Boarding House

    Our team seeks to provide a safe place where young people can live while attending high school in Mpulungu. They would receive accommodation in an environment of discipleship, being mentored and exposed to Scripture. They

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  • Relief & Development

    Relief & Development

    Living on a large expanse of water often times brings about unpredictable weather and damaging aftereffects. When a crisis comes about or supernatural events occur, our team prepares to come alongside the communities in efforts

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  • Disability Ministry

    Disability Ministry

    There is a community support group in Mpulungu for people living with disabilities. We regularly attend meetings and partner with this local support group to share the Gospel and encourage the group and their extended

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  • Support Services

    Support Services

    The primary OM Lake Tanganyika base in Mpulungu is over 1,000 kilometers from the airport in Lusaka, where most supplies are purchased. Some office supplies must be purchased in South Africa and are expensive to

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  • Building projects

    Building projects

    When God opens a door for expansion, building an education centre, medical facilities, schools, accommodations, etc. we firstly pray, then assess the impact, financial status, and long-term ability to manage--then proceed depending on God’s answer.

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  • Sports Ministry

    Sports Ministry

    Entering a remote village can be difficult even for an African missionary, but a missionary who enters the village with a soccer ball and plays with the children and youths is quickly invited. Teaching the

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