I’m in central Mozambique …. it’s hot outside … as usual this time of the year. The Church of God has invited us to be part of their annual conference …. and it was pure African greatness. What still amazes me after so many years on the field is the total authenticity, gladness and openness of the African church. I have experienced the presence of God over and over again in these meetings when men, woman and children come in total dependence and open their hearts to a loving and caring God.
One of the many great secrets of the African church is the gracefulness and sacrifices people make here in the bush. Pastors and members serving the church will think nothing of it as they literally carry out all their furniture into the church just to make ‘church’ happen on any given day.
What is interesting about the African church is that according to the World Book Encyclopedia it is estimated that in 2002 Christians formed 40 % of the continent’s populations, with Muslims forming 45 %. Africa only had 9 million Christians in 1900, but by the year 2000, there were an estimated 380 million Christians. According to a 2006 Pew Forum on Religion, 147 million Christians were “renewalists” (Pentecostals and Charismatics). Much of the recent Christian growth in Africa is now due to African evangelism rather than European or Northern-American missionaries.
With all of this in mind …. I have seen great men and woman of God serving the church ….. and exactly why our heart is to train leaders, plant local African sustainable churches and serve Africa through them. Please pray:
- For the more than 200 million Christians in Africa who do NOT have a Bible;
- Who urgently need training;
- The other 380 million who has not heard that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the World;
- and the influence of Islam on church growth.
Saying all of that …. every Sunday the church all over Africa gathers …. here are just a few memories: