Afroscope August: AEA Holds Leadership Development Seminar in Abidjan; AfCAA launched in Nairobi; and others



Leadership Development for Francophone Leaders

The Association of Evangelicals held a Leadership Development seminar in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from August 25 – 26, 2016 for the leaders of the National Evangelical Fellowships in the countries of Francophone Africa. The theme emphasized training leaders for galvanizing the church to reach and disciple the remaining unreached people groups of Africa.
The opening ceremonies were marked by welcoming remarks from Dr. Aiah Foday-Khabenje, AEA’s General Secretary; Reverend Gboagonon Appollinaire, the President of the Federation of Evangelicals of Cote D’Ivoire; and the participants were also welcomed by Dr. Issiaka Coulibaly, the Dean of the FATEAC seminary where the seminar was held in Abidjan.
Dr. Mario LI-Hing, the Chairman of the AEA Board, was the keynote speaker who spoke on the topic of Biblical Leadership in context for Kingdom Advance. He strongly advocated that a Christian’s leader must make fulfilling the great commission their priority. Dr. Solomon Andria, a missionary and leadership speaker, challenged the participants to be transformational leaders who live out biblical qualities and disciplines in ministry. Reverend Joseph Mayala, Leadership Development advocate with Compassion International and a member of the AEA board, gave a challenging presentation about the Leaders Intimacy with God. Dr. Bako of Cote D’Ivoire, and Dr. Mario LI-Hing spoke on the Leaders Call to Developing Holistic Discipleship Advanced by Reaching Unreached People Groups. The issue of Leadership in Mission utilizing AEA’s Mandate and Strategic Plan Requiring Maximized Leadership of National Evangelical Fellowship Leaders was addressed by Dr. Aiah Foday Khabenje: Ezekiel Jako, Director of AEA’s Missions Commission; and Dr. Mario LI-Hing. This presentation was followed by AEA’s General Secretary outlining some of the competencies needed for Effective Leadership based on his research of national evangelical leaders in Africa.

AfCAA Celebrates Launch in Nairobi, Signs MOU with ECFA

  On Saturday, the 27th of August 2016, key organization leaders drawn from Churches, Christian NGO's and Christian run businesses in Africa and beyond, came together to celebrate the official launch of The African Council for Accreditation and Accountability (AfCAA) in Nairobi. The launch coincided with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) – an American financial standards association representing evangelical Christian organizations with over 2,100 member organizations across America – and AfCAA. 

ECFA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, John Van Drunen, noted that this was a pivotal moment for Africa and lauded the leadership team for the progress they have made. John also highlighted that the working relationship between the two organizations as spiritual co-labourers enhancing stewardship and trust in churches and Christian organizations and is based on respect. 

“AfCAA and ECFA are spiritual co-labourers and the signed MOU signals the continued relationship between the two organizations built on mutual admiration and respect.” AfCAA’s Executive Director, Mrs. Emily Chengo, who also serves as Treasurer and Board member of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, expressed excitement about AfCAA’s future, saying it affirms the growing need for accountability and trust amongst Christian run organizations in the continent. Towards this effort AfCAA will be holding a capacity building seminar in Nairobi on the 13th October, 2016 to help organizations understand the seven standards of AfCAA.

AfCAA’s Board Vice Chair, Mr. Jonathan Onigbinde, said that AfCAA was an organization whose time has come. Mr. Onigbinde, who hails from Nigeria, also revealed that the first 12 organizations to successfully go through the AfCAA accreditation process in every country in Africa would receive founding charter status in the organization.

AEA'S Relief and Development Commision Vehicle Damaged by Flash Floods in Northern Uganda

AEA’S Relief and Development Commission (ARDC) car was damaged in flash floods while on a peace building and monitoring visit in Moroto and Karamoja- a border town between Kenya and Uganda- on the 30th of July, 2016. None of the ARDC team members was hurt in the incident. The ARDC team led by Field Coordinator, William Mawejje, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Allan Barasa and the Mayor of Moroto Municipal Council in Uganda, Pastor Noah Ewaru had set out on a three-day mission aimed at engaging elders
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AEA Represented at the Refugee Round Table Held in Toronto

Global Christian leaders met in Toronto and Niagra Falls in Canada for the World Evangelical Alliance and Refugee Highway Partnership Global Strategy Meetings. Faith leaders met amidst the global refugee crisis and committed to using language and narratives that affirm the dignity of individuals forced to flee their homes, and encouraging hospitality for newcomers. They also committed to creating open, honest, and respectful dialogue among communities of faith around refugee rights and encouraging their respective faith communities to welcome refugees into our neighborhoods and places of worship.

At the same time, the Communications Authority of Kenya announced a new policy that banned radio and television preachers from asking listeners to send in money or get saved at the end of their

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