Why do we support Christianity in Africa?

Why do we support Christianity in Africa?

It would be safe to say that ALL churches in America support the work of spreading the Good News of the Bible, in America, right? There are 334.5 million people In America. That equates to 4.23% of the world’s population!

Well, Africa has a population of 1.3 billion people. In simple terms, 17% of all the people in the world live in Africa. Four times that of America. We believe that makes Africa a major player in the world when we speak of population.

So here are 5 Reasons for supporting Christianity in Africa.

1. Islam is still a threat to Christianity

A quick look at 2000 years of history will help support our decision to support Africa with Prayer and Financial support.

Christianity in Africa first arrived in 50 AD. The Christian Church has had a continuous present on the African continent since the days of Christ. That means there have been missionaries to Africa for 2,000 years.

The Islamic conquests in North Africa brought excessive pressure on Christians to convert to Islam. A special tax was imposed on non-Muslims under Muslim rule. Christianity in North Africa virtually disappeared as Islam advanced in the following centuries. By the turn of the 20th century, Christianity was virtually nonexistent in many parts of Africa.

But that tide turned and now Christianity is the faith of the majority in Africa. Still, in the year 2020, Muslims retained 42% of the religious population and are dedicated to spreading their message across Africa.

2. Christians are still being Martyred

A 2018 study discovered that more Christians live in Africa than any other continent. There are 685 million Christians throughout Africa. That’s more than twice the population of America. Studies suggest that there will be 760 million Christians by the year 2025.

But sadly, in the 20th century alone, 1.8 million Christian have been martyred in Africa. And that figure does not even consider the estimated 600,000 Christians who have died by genocide in the Rwanda and Burundi war. The 1.8 million number does not consider the two million deaths in the 17-year civil war waged by militant Islamist against the Christian population of South Africa.

3. There are so many young individuals

Another reason we support Africa is that the population is young and growing! Across Africa, the medium age is just 19! Imagine, 60% of the African population is under the age of 25. That makes Africa the youngest continent.

Even so, Africa has about 30% of the world’s evangelicals, 20% of the world’s Pentecostals and charismatics, and about 15% of the world’s Roman Catholics. A 2015 study estimates that 70,000 Christian believers come from a Muslim background. Most of them belong to some form of Protestantism. Christianity is advancing in Africa.

4. Christian Churches need more support

Africa has 54 countries with over 2,000 spoken languages. Getting the Word of God to that large and diverse population will require a lot of missionaries, but just as important to missionaries, there needs to be an outreach of the Indigenous Churches. It is sad to see the condition of the local churches but is so encouraging to see the attendance of Christians increase when they have a real house of worship. And remember, Africa is still the poorest continent.

5. The African Christian Churches are spreading the Gospel

And the biggest and best reason for supporting the Christian Churches in Africa is that in the twenty-first century, the churches of Africa are Missionary Sending Churches. That’s right, the Christian churches in Africa are now spreading the gospel around the world.

African churches are responding to God’s Word when it says, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV) — True when written and especially true in these days of uncertainty.

We might not be the biggest contributor in Africa dedicated to spreading the Word of God, but We Are making an impact! We take the Great Commission literally, and so do the churches in Africa that we support.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20