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Has God Forsaken Africa?
Consider the evidence:
-More than 17 million Africans have died of HIV/AIDS. At least 25 million may follow. Approximately 95 per cent of all AIDS orphans in the world live in Africa.
-Corruption and crime are endemic. Transparency International rated Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania in a list of the 10 most corrupt countries in the world.
-Along with corruption goes political repression. Zimbabwe is just the latest example.
-Religious conflict in countries like the Sudan and Nigeria seems to be worsening.
-Civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused some three million deaths.
-Famine in Ethiopia is looming as a massive catastrophe. Estimates are that this year as many as 40 million Africans will need emergency food aid.
Has God has forsaken Africa?
No, of course not.
Unfortunately, too many Western Christians - caught up in a secular culture that blames victims for their problems, a culture which has generally consigned Africa to the “too hard” basket – have themselves forsaken the region.
Yet I believe God is powerfully at work in Africa. The signs are everywhere, from a vibrant church to the growing number of saints who are battling the evil that pervades the continent.
Here is Paul Sharpe of Christian Monitor, in an editorial “Africa – Continent of Dark Despair” (and an acknowledgement to Paul for some of the above information):
Even though the world looks on in despair and disinterest, we as Christians know that there is something that we can and should do: PRAY. Prayers of faith (and not of false hope) should always be our first response. We should pray for the needs, deliverance and salvation of those who are destitute and abused. But we should also seek God on how we can help.
We should be prepared to ask God to open doors to areas where we may serve and we should be obedient to that calling. Perhaps the call will be to become a missionary in Africa, living a life of sacrifice, or maybe it would just be a call to donate money, food and clothes.
Whatever the call, the Christian should follow the working of God, knowing that no matter how insignificant their contribution is, God can magnify it into a meaningful response.
I hope in future to use this website to seek out where God is at work in Africa.
May 27th, 2003