As always, we are privileged to share with you news features and insights spanning across the length and breadth of the African continent.
In this issue of Afroscope, we highlight the Church’s brave effort in Sierra Leone at offering hope to the hopeless and ministering God’s word even though the pain and agony the Ebola Virus still linger in the region.
We also explore the continued atrocities perpetrated by Boko Haram, in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, while keeping you informed on what the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) in Africa is doing in response to the crisis.
Finally, we bid adieu to the late Rev. Rene Daidianso, a fallen and well decorated soldier in the AEA fraternity. We thank God for his great contribution in the evangelisation of Africa in our generation.
Join us in praying for;
An end of the spread of the ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea
The end of the Boko Haram menace especially in Nigeria
The AEA ministry team (need for suitable personnel and provision for these).
The Planning process for the future
The AEA Headquarters building project
Continue to pray for our world.
THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO EBOLA IN SIERRA LEONE
When the first cases of the rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone bordering Guinea panic and fear gripped the nation. The disease had just ravaged the neighbouring nation leaving 146 dead.
In total the World Health Organization said there have been more than 3,000 infections in Sierra Leone with nearly 1,200 deaths. WHO reported on Oct. 14 that the number of new Ebola cases could reach 10,000 per week by December. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) had previously estimated that the total number of cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach 1.4 million in four months in a worst-case scenario.
The Evangelical Alliance of Sierra Leone at the onset of the virus carried out several emergency interventions especially in the Kambia, Pujehun, Bonthe and Kailahun districts. The support was in the form of training and supply of hand washing and hygiene materials, printing and distribution of Information and Education and Communication (IEC) materials to Churches and communities. Read more...
ISIS IS TO IRAQ WHAT BOKO HARAM IS TO NIGERIA AND AFRICA
The international community’s response to African challenges tends to be a tardy affair, always admitting slow response; whether this is genocide, drought and hunger or Ebola. The current assault and reign of caliphate and sharia by Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring nations is no less a global threat than ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This should not be seen as only Goodluck’s bad luck. Boko Haram, like ISIS must be stopped.
The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Nigeria following persistent attacks from Boko Haram is more than a national crisis; it is an international crisis. The French President, Francois Hollande, came close to recognizing this and when he convened a summit of African leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger earlier this year. This was heralded as a game changer. The summit signalled support from the international community and the African Union in stopping these frequent attacks. Critics however felt that the Paris summit would not influence matters on the ground. Unfortunately, the criticism holds true as attacks from Boko Haram continue and are on the rise.Read more...
THE SECOND COMING CLOSE BUT NOT YET
The Great Commission was given to the Church for the benefit of the whole world. The gospel is to be preached to all peoples, in every generation. The priority of preaching the gospel is to the unsaved; the means of reconciling lost humanity with our creator and making disciples of Christ. The followers of Christ ought to be occupied until His return, we neglect this commission to our peril.
The reason for the existence of the Church is basically threefold: winning the lost, growing and equipping believers (making disciples). Mission is never meant to win the lost as an end in itself. The goal of every mission endeavour is to make disciples. It is the responsibility of every believer to share the Gospel with the unsaved. It is the responsibility of the Church to equip every believer for this noble task...Read more...
FAREWELL TO REV. RENE DAIDANSO MA DJONGWE
Thousands of mourners thronged the burial service of the late Rev. Daidanso at the Stade Idriss MahamatOuya Sports complex in Ndjamena, Chad.
The sad news of the death of Rene Diadanso attracted scores of tributes from the global evangelical family. In his tribute, the AEA General Secretary, Rev. Aiah Foday-Khabenje, said that the late colleague and father left a legacy that defines the evangelical tradition and the ministry of AEA. He said Rev. Daidanso was mostly known for his activities in practical pastoral field. His strength was in the ministry of teaching. He led teams to different African countries, one at a time, to conduct seminars and workshop; training pastors and church leaders.Read more...
After the Africa Regional Refugee Roundtable in Kampala, Uganda in April 2014, in which Twenty One (21) nations were represented at the Roundtable including friends of Africa from Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Britain, RHP marked its rebirth. with its key objective to strengthen partnerships for serving Africa's Forcibly displaced population.
An interim leadership team from West, East and South Africa was appointed with the AEA General Secretary, Rev. Aiah Khabenje serving as Chair of the Africa region with Peter Akanimoh serving as the coordinator. The RHP Africa leadership team has convened a Strategy Consultation meeting ahead of the global refugee summit to be held in Malta in January 2015. The team will be helping mobilize and strengthen partnerships among churches, missions and other Christian ministries serving refugees and IDPs around Africa.Read more...