The African Diaspora
Population: It is estimated that nearly 200 million Africans live off the continent of Africa. These men, women, and children are the African Diaspora, some of whom are probably your near neighbors. About 39 Million African Diaspora live in North America, 113 million in Latin America, 13.6 million in the Caribbean, and another 6 million live in Europe.
Location and Background: The African Diaspora live around the globe, and their histories and reasons for leaving the continent are diverse. Some are refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants, students and professionals, undocumented immigrants, and tragically, others are victims of human trafficking.
History, Culture, and Religion: Because the African Diaspora come from Africa’s 54 individual countries as well as many of the continent’s outlying islands, each group’s history, culture and religion varies widely.
A Unique Opportunity: Many of the African Diaspora come from nations that are closed to missionary outreach, so their presence in places like Europe, Australia, and the Americas presents a unique opportunity to share the Good News with men and women who may have never heard it in their homelands, and who may one day to return their nation of origin transformed by Christ and eager to share their new hope with their friends and family.
Latest Prayer Updates:
Praise God for Somali friends we are making and the relationships that are developing. One of the couples we met in Walmart lives in an apartment and has a business close to our house. Please pray that these relationships grow and bear fruit.
Pray for other Somalis who have shown interest in English help through Refuge International. Pray also for volunteers from churches to meet this need and to be witnesses.
Praise God for a core group of people who have overseas experience in the Horn here in Louisville.
Please pray as we develop a training to help the church confidently engage Somalis with the Gospel.
Praise God for His great faithfulness.
One of my language students who had previously left Islam told me this week that he had attended an Arabic speaking church last week for the first time. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to open his eyes to the new life that Jesus has to offer him.
Praise God for the increased attendance via Zoom for Women’s International Sewing group this past month. Ask God for a spiritual harvest from devotions provided during sewing time.
Praise God for the arrival of a family now getting involved with ministry in the “Somali” area of the city.
Seeking a New Home: Thirty-eight African refugees arrive on the shores of Spain’s canary island of Fuerteventura. Today European countries are home to approximately six million African Diaspora.
“Whether they are economic migrants, international students, undocumented immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers, one fact remains the same – They are the new neighbors our churches are called to love.”