Jesus loves Africa! Of that I am sure. There is great brokenness in Africa, but there is also great beauty. I see beauty in the hospitality of African peoples.
There's beauty in the smile of African people. And there is great beauty in the music - no one can sing like Africans!!
There's beauty in the spirituality of Africa… Even though that spirituality has often been hijacked and misguided by the enemy into ancestor worship and spiritism.
There's beauty in the courage of Africans. All throughout the continent of Africa you will find bold African evangelists proclaiming the Gospel. The church is growing faster in sub-Saharan Africa than any other continent in the world!
Though there is beauty in Africa, there is also brokenness in, and it breaks the heart of God: we see the brokenness in the wars, preventable diseases, AIDS, famine, corruption and suffering children.
When I pray for Africa, hope fills my heart for the continent. But when I read the reports of problems I start to lose hope. So I know the answer for me... I need to be more impressed with God than I am with circumstances and newspaper reports. And I need to keep praying for Africa.
Isn't that true for all of us? Don't we all need to continually be more impressed with God's greatness than with human problems?
The church in Africa is the hope of Africa. And spiritual leaders are the hope of the church.
Sally and I feel called to give the rest of our lives to invest in the leaders and the church in Africa. Why? Because the church is the hope of Africa.
Every African leader needs friends who believe in them - and who will invest in their lives through friendship and discipleship.