Central Africa is a culturally and geographically diverse area. We have the rain forests of the Congo River basin and the Sahel of northern Cameroon and Nigeria. We have multiple French-speaking countries, English-speaking Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking country on the continent.
Central Africa is home to some growing, vibrant Assemblies of God national churches. However, there are areas where people are still deeply entrenched in animistic beliefs and practices. In addition, the largest mass of unreached people groups (UPGs) in sub-Saharan Africa is located in the Central Africa Plateau (CAP). More than 60 million Muslims live in the plateau region, which stretches across northern Cameroon and northern Nigeria.
Our vision for Central Africa is to have healthy, high-functioning missionary teams in every country in the region working together with our partner national churches to grow and strengthen the Church. We are fearless of the obstacles and excited by the opportunities.
Our biggest opportunity lies in the CAP. At the governmental level, Cameroon and Nigeria are open to missionaries, and the national churches are requesting that we partner with them in sending church-planting teams (Live Dead teams) to the unreached and lesser-reached parts of these nations. We need missionaries who are willing to go and help lay the groundwork in this needy area.
Our plan for the Central Africa Plateau is to initially plant a Live Dead team that will work among the Fulani group in northern Cameroon. As we already have a missionary team in the southern part of the country, this is our easiest entry point. Our goal is for this team to pave the way into the plateau region and to create a hub for preparing other teams to go into other areas of Cameroon and into northern Nigeria, focusing on other prominent UPGs such as the Hausa and the Kanuri.
Parallel to this missionary mobilization goal is our desire to identify and develop those in our area to be the next generation of leaders. We are putting leadership development in place so that Central Africa has qualified leaders to head up teams in order to accomplish our vision.
We are optimistic about the future of Central Africa, as evidenced by our plans and strategies. However, we are mindful that unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain (Ps. 127:1). Please pray with us for more missionaries to join our teams and for the gracious hand of the Lord to be upon our existing missionary teams and partnering national churches in 2017.
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