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Examples of Christian Charities Working in Africa

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It goes without saying: Africa is a large and diverse continent. It is also a poor continent and faces a whole range of struggles, from political issues to health problems, poverty, famine and natural disasters. Tackling these sorts of issues is always challenging, but Christian charities have been dedicatedly working in Africa for many decades.

There is a long history of Christian charities working in specific African countries on many different issues. If we tried to list them all, we’d probably never finish. However, looking at a few examples can give us a better idea of the range of work that goes on and the kinds of organisations that get involved.


Tearfund is a Christian charity that was set up in the 1960s following the famine in Biafra. This was a tense time in the region; the civil war in Nigeria was what led to the famine and it was so severe, this organisation was born. Since then, the group has worked in lots of different African countries to help difficult situations such as famines and droughts, as well as supporting development. These countries have included Somalia, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
Christian AidThis is probably one of the most famous Christian charities working in Africa. Christian Aid has a focus on issues such as HIV/Aids, malaria, climate change, dealing with conflict, trade and human rights. It works in countries right across the continent, including working to end sexual violence in the DRC and engaging in issues in Sudan.

Rainbow Africa

This is a charity that works primarily in Zambia. It works in areas where there are very high levels of poverty with the aim of providing education to children and other support that can aid development. The organisation also has a focus on healthcare, which is of utmost importance in poor, impoverished areas.

World Vision

Children are often some of those most affected by problems in Africa and so supporting them in any way possible is of utmost importance. This is one of the aims of World Vision – actions include running campaigns to encourage people to sponsor a child in Africa so that they can receive support for their ambitions. Other projects include addressing the causes of poverty and working on disaster relief projects.

Overall, Christian charities from all over the world have a vital role to play in supporting Africa and its people. No single organisation can fix the issues alone, and these charities often work on very different issues in very different areas – but they all have one thing in common: their Christian ethos means that they are dedicated to working against all odds to help people in any way they can and they are all thoroughly committed to working together to achieve positive results.

Guest Post on behalf of World Vision UK. If you would like to support a child through the food crisis, why not sponsor a child in Niger?

12 Fruitful Practices of Church Planting

Monday, February 28th, 2011

These Fruitful practices 12 suggestions are not standard practices or a strategy to dictate the manner in which a network of churches must be planted, yet the following Practices have proven Fruitful in many mission efforts that have resulted in the initiation of church planting movements.

    FP 3: Form relationships with groups of non-christians in public settings. Relationships formed in disparate locations exposures one to language and culture variations.

      A corollary: the depth of relationships with the people often determines the depth and breadth of contexualization of the message.

A major barrier to the gospel’s advance among unreached peoples is the perception that Christianity and the church are foreign – that one can’t at the same time be both a member of his or her ethnic group and a Christian. Many are convinced that to become a Christian is to reject one’s heritage.

    FP 4: Learn and use the mother-tongue as the primary medium of communication and mother-tongue scriptures as the primary means of instruction.

    PF 5: Study culture, through observation and dialog, looking for psyco-social-emotional needs that God has placed in the people. These will become bridges for the introduction of God’s redemptive message.

    FP 6: Study culture looking for customs, behaviors, and relationships in which the Gospel can be embodied in a culturally authentic manner. Similarities and contrasts with revealed truth, redemptive analogies, parables, myths, even current events and vocabulary entomology become conduits that aid clear communication of Gospel.

    FP 7: Formulate a contextualized Gospel message in the light of what has been learned from the study of the contemporary culture. Although there is one Gospel, different aspects of the Gospel are more meaningful to people depending upon their worldviews.

Converting individuals, or groups from the target ethnic group, does not automatically result in the planting of churches.

    FP 8: As the first converts come to faith, they should become the dominant partners in the dialog and decision making concerning all aspects of church life, including what form the new congregations should take and where new churches are to be planted.

    FP 9: After the first couple of churches are planted, subsequent plants should take place close to the mother churches so they can regularly nurture them.

    FP 10: The congregational life and worship should be contextualized. That is, they should use culturally appropriate music, postures, and symbols. They should have functional substitutes for prominent cultural practices that are not scripturally acceptable in their entirety. They should also serve needs of the greater community.

    FP 11: The Church Planter should help the new congregation to discover the gifts and acquire the proficiencies that will enable them to function and grow in the Lord, independent of the Church Planter.

    FP 12: Leadership Training in a new church planting benefits greatly from a ‘leadership by extension’ or ‘apprenticeship’ format.