Almost 50 percent of the population of Africa live in cities—cities with millions of people. Pair that information with the fact that the average age of an African is 19, and you get a surprising image: a 19-year-old in an urban context, complete with backpack and cell phone. Where are the 19-year-old Africans who have the potential to influence their governments and transform their nations? They are studying at college.
Unlike the United States where you have to climb the ladder to get a job of importance, the lack of higher education and the [HL1] short life expectancy allow for African students to enter into profoundly influential areas of society almost immediately after graduating. The first time I talked with 20-year-old Neima, she told me many terrible things. She had been trying to follow Jesus but was dealing with heavy demonic activity. Demons were appearing physically coming into her room at night. She was waking to snakes slithering on her floor, having terrible migraines every time she tried to read her Bible or pray, and she was manifesting demons multiple times a week. She was totally tormented. We quickly got to the root issue: lack of discipleship. No one was walking alongside her as she tried to follow Christ. No one was asking her about her daily life, which included going to a meditation group on her college campus and seeking her “inner god.” At home her family was practicing ancestral worship and committing everything to spirits. She and those in authority over her were opening doors for Satan. Through prayer and active discipleship, we cut ties with everything that was holding on to her. Now she has freedom—complete freedom. Neima is currently discipling more than a dozen students at her college, is filled with the Holy Spirit (this actually happened on campus), and is passionate about becoming a missionary.
Would you pray with us for our universities and students? A university one of our student leaders attends recently asked if he could help with students who are manifesting during class. We started a prayer time on campus specifically for this and are seeing amazing results. We deal daily with circumstances like this that are beyond our knowledge and experience. Please pray for us to stay close to Jesus and to walk in wisdom.
We are currently on 28 campuses. Please pray that laborers would come join our team so together we can reach the rest of the campuses in Mozambique and, ultimately, all the colleges on this beautiful continent.
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