Jan 15: Africa, The Church in Africa

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Area: 30,244,000 sq km

20.3% of the world's surface area. Of this, 20.6 million sq km are in countries south of the Sahara, and 9.68 million in the nations of North Africa.

Population: 1,033,042,510    Annual Growth: 2.30%

Urbanites: 40%


Peoples: 2,500 (0% unreached)

    Languages: 2,110


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Answer to Prayer

A number of countries experienced significant growth in the Church – either large-scale church growth or breakthrough among previously unevangelized peoples. These include Ethiopia, Sudan, Benin, Nigeria, Algeria, Mozambique and Angola, just to name a few.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Africa.

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Challenge for Prayer

Cross-cultural missions. The missionary force is increasingly African and multi-continental, and less Western. Much sensitivity and humility is required for effective ministry that reaches the unevangelized and defers to the maturity and vision of the growing African Church. The need for missionaries continues to be greater than the supply of those with the gifting and vision for:

a) Partnership. Honour must be given to the huge impact of dedicated missionaries in the past, who achieved so much despite the frequent neglect or even opposition of colonial rulers. But today’s realities mean that ministry in Africa can largely be led by Africans, supported by expatriates. Pray for unity and fellowship that transcend all social and cultural barriers within mission agencies, among agencies themselves and between the indigenous churches and agencies.

b) Pioneer areas. These still abound; see below . A high degree of commitment and sacrifice will be required to reach present pioneer areas where conditions are sometimes very hard. In some cases missionaries will need to learn two to four languages before they can reach the least-reached.

c) Church support personnel for teaching, youth work and other areas are needed as never before – all areas in which African workers could do better, were enough willing and able. For expatriates to minister under African leadership and as part of the Church in Africa is essential.

d) Specialists for Bible translation, theological education and media ministries (audio materials, radio, television, the Internet and Bible-storying).

e) Holistic ministry, which is in ever-growing demand. Needs in areas such as counseling, working with children at risk, education, health care, agriculture, business development and many others neglected by governments can be met by Christian organizations, providing a beautiful testimony to the transforming power of the gospel. Pray for a balance where all the needs of the whole person – spiritual, physical and relational – can be met.

f) Mission sending from Africa is ready for the next phase. The 2011 MANI Consultation will assess the state of the African Church, build the long-term sustainability of mission sending and begin a resource mobilization process. This is essential for a continent with many willing to work but lacking the training and material resources to do mission the way Westerners and East Asians have traditionally done.

     For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of The Church in Africa.