Digo of Tanzania and Kenya

Population: 500,000

Location: SE Kenya and NE Tanzania

History: The Digo moved to their current location 1000 years ago. Historians disagree as to whether they migrated from Somalia or from Southern Africa. Originally they settled deep within sacred forests in order to worship ancestral spirits and to be safe from warring tribes. Islamic traders visited the coast of Africa as early as the 10th century and had contact with the Digo. The Portuguese explorers came in the 16th century. Many Digo converted to Islam in the 1920s.

Culture: The Digo are Bantu people. They are fishermen, farmers, basket weavers and potters.

Religion: Folk Islam and animism

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Joy in Serving Together

Pray for coordination and cooperation and wisdom for those missionaries, evangelists and pastors who are living among the Digo people, that the Holy Spirit will give them great effectiveness in evangelism and that He will give them joy in serving together.

Past and Future

Please pray that the Digo people will welcome missionaries who come to teach them about Jesus. Pray for more missionaries to come work among them. Pray that as they have been known for their zeal for Islam in the past, in the future they will be known for their zeal for Jesus.

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