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 for warm welcomes and enthusiastic discussions between local pastors and our Somali Cousins at a couple of local men’s hangouts.
Praise also for continued good relationships with tutoring and ESL students. Pray for open hearts and people of peace to be found in our community.
Please pray for some fellow torch bearers and light spreaders to join us.
The DR team in Philadelphia is trying to develop relationships with several Algerians. One couple was contacted through the ESL program. They have expressed interest in spending time in the Word. Pray that they will commit to a meeting. There are two Algerian believers who are attending church and involved in Bible study. Pray that they would stay committed, grow in faith and engage with other Algerians who are not Christian. Pray for opportunities to meet and study the Bible with Y, a seeker.
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.”