Let’s talk more about CARE for African Pastors and missionaries on that great continent, since Life Impact is now focusing staff, resources, and some attention there.
The growth of the Christian church in Africa is amazing. Today Africa has 360 million adherents, projected to increase to 633 million by 2050. For comparison, North America has 260 million believers today and holding. The African Church is growing and strong leadership is needed.
But the prognosis for quality of life in Africa’s future is grim. The Grim Reaper, that cloaked skeleton with the scythe bringing death, is striking on many fronts. A US intelligence report says, “In Sub-Saharan Africa, persistent conflicts and instability, autocratic and corrupt governments, over-dependence on commodities with declining real prices, low levels of education and widespread infectious diseases will combine to prevent most countries from experiencing rapid economic growth.” (p216, The Next Christendom, Phillip Jenkins.)
One of my assumptions is that leadership to solve these major issues comes from, in, and through the Church. Where else can we actually turn? Whom would you recommend?
When I view the corruption of world leaders on all levels, and how, in most cases, they govern for themselves and not for the good of their people, a vacuum is created that must be filled. That “filling” can only come from the Holy Spirit through the Church. And Holy Spirit filled church leadership is a key for progress on all fronts.
Therefore strengthening Church leaders in any nation is a very serious and strategic plan to help solve the issues of today as well as provide hope and assurance for eternity. And that’s particularly critical and urgent for Africa. Again, where else will we turn in these trying times except to the Church and her leadership?
Dan and Julie van Heerden are in the support raising phase now to open a Life Impact Oasis in Capetown, South Africa in January 2014. Join them in providing care for African pastors and missionaries.
Check our website for ways to partner with us. (www.LifeImpactMinistries.net)