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.