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 the B. family and for the way the Lord is opening the doors for them to go to Caxias do Sul. Pray for the two day trip, for their adaptation in the region and to start the work among Senegalese refugees.
* Pray for It. and Su. They have had difficulties to develop ministry again, as their area is still a red flag for Covid-19.
* Continue praying for the involvement of new Brazilian churches with the Diaspora Ministry.
* Pray for Brazil, especially for the south where most of our members are. At this time of winter we are going through the peak of the pandemic.
Pray for developing relationship with a Somali leader who is now helping me coach my son’s soccer team.
Pray for creative ways to develop relationships and get to share our beliefs. Pray for soften hearts to be receptive to the Gospel.
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.”