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 that our team Christmas party brought out North Africans from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan. They took parts in our Christmas story dramatic reading and sang Christmas carols.
Praise for ESL Christmas parties that shared the Biblical account with many students.
Praise for a mosque Christmas party that gave space for the hearing of the birth of Jesus from both books and the beginning of friendships.
Praise for a living nativity outdoor drama that told the story of Jesus (birth through ascension) to 100+ ESL students. Pray for lasting fruit!
Please pray for unity and peace and for God to help us be true agents of shalom in our sadly divided community. A recent city initiative to expand services in our community has led to enough infighting among local agencies (some from our favorite people group) that the city is considering abandoning the project. The young men of our community have been involved in multiple shootings in the last few weeks.
Please pray for us to be effective channels of Jesus’ shalom here. Pray for wisdom and guidance in every conversation we have.
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.”