Kigoma Region resides in the northwestern corner of Tanzania, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The region is bordered to the north by Burundi. To the east, it is bordered by the Tabora region, to the south by the Rukwa Region, and to the west by Lake Tanganyika, which forms a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In precolonial Africa the region was a source of ivory and slaves. Tabora and Ujiji were Arab staging areas for shipments to the coast. It was visited by the early European explorers Richard Burton, John Speke, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley. In fact, Stanley met Livingstone in Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27 October 1871. In colonial times, the Kigoma area was known as the Western Region and the capital was Tabora.
Over time there has been a large number of Ecclesias and contacts in this area; mostly these have been in the refugee camps. Many of these camps have now closed, and sadly the Ecclesias have closed with the camps. We have lost contact with many, and we fear many were killed on their journeys back into the Congo and Burundi. May our Heavenly Father care for them all.