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:
G always shares the gospel with her African Muslim friends but the message is rejected by them. She will start to share with them starting from the Old Testament and hopes that this will help more friends to understand the message. Please pray.
N is a naughty Muslim child and doesn’t want to study at all. Her family plans to bring her back to their own country next year. Pray in God’s mercy she comes to know Jesus who can transform her life. We hope that she can stay with her family.
C is an African Muslim who joined the Chinese class for two years and built up a good relationship with the tutor. Recently he sent the tutor testimonies of people converting to Islam and how God transforms them. May God still touch his heart and accept Jesus.
* The RAISE Welcoming Week event at the community garden went very well. The weather was good, the turnout was excellent and we had a good mix of different people groups talking and sharing a meal together. Pray for relationships to grow and for the Lord to remove the veil that covers people’s eyes to the truth of the Gospel.
* We are doing another trauma healing training this weekend October 15-17. Pray groups who were not represented in the previous trainings would come and find healing and hope.
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.”