My heart beats, for a place far from home, l see the need, am not at ease, l hear the call, across the seas, a burden so strong, l cannot resist. I want to build Church in Africa. (Poetic… right?).
There’s nothing poetic about building Church in Africa when God has put a consuming desire in your heart to go to “the ends of the earth” and make disciples.
So, l will ask a few questions to everyone who wants to build Church in Africa and if you can be true to yourself through these questions, you will figure out how to fulfill this mission. (Exam time!!!) Yeap, I know what you are feeling. Are you ready?
Why do you want to build Church in Africa?
Is it because there’s many unreached people in Africa? or would you care if there is only one? Because…
If your heart does not break for one person, it won’t break for thousands.
Is it because it sounds adventurous?
Yeah right, let me tell you what this adventure looks like, its sacrifice of your comfort to complete discomfort. It’s learning how to love people that are easy to love and the annoying ones. It’s losing your entitlement and picking gratitude.
Why? You have to be so clear and confident about the why that no one can tell you otherwise.
If you haven’t figured out the why, then the
howis not important.
2. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
What do you believe about Africa?
Are you consumed by the lie that everyone in Africa is very poor and begging?
Do you know that Africa is a continent not a country?
Are you illusioned in the thought that there’s elephants and lions everywhere? In the market place, on the streets and people ride on animals as the only means of transport?
Am not even trying to sound extreme, some people think that’s what Africa looks like.
Well, let me enlighten you. Africa has a lot of dynamics, each country is different from the other. Some people are very rich and others are poor.
People are free spirited and are attracted to dance, they dance with energy, gentleness, style and passion. Anyway, what am trying to say is..
Put aside your negative belief on Africa, and see the good in people.
Put yourself aside and truly care about the people, because that’s how you will be able to influence them.
3. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTATION?
Whatever you are assuming your experience to be, know this…
Presume nothing, believe for everything
I can guarantee you that it will not go as you expect it to be, but it will be everything that God wants it to be. So instead of setting yourself up for disappointment, trust that God will lead you in uncomfortable circumstances to either work in you or work through you.
Put your money on the promises of God, (Wait, that’s business language). Put your confidence in the promises of God, believe for everything he promised he will do, and be encouraged in knowing that he will come through.
4. WHAT DIFFERENCE ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE?
Church is people, (I hope you already knew that). A great percentage of people in Africa are fighting with un-employment, inadequate education and lack of heath care.
If you really want to impact the people in Africa, you have to care enough about these needs because…
- How will they listen to you if they can’t understand your language?
- How will they care about what you say if they are hungry?
- How will they build with you if they are sick?
Again, this is just a percentage of some people in Africa, others are healthy, educated and taking care of themselves before you arrive. So, are you willing to make a difference in the conditions of people who are facing these challenges?
In the words of James 2:14-26
Faith without actions is dead.
5. IS YOUR DEFINITION OF RELEVANT, RELEVANT TO AFRICA?
As our world evolves in trends and culture, people reflect this change.
While the truth must remain intact, we must continue to develop our means of communicating this truth.
Building Church involves communicating with people, if you are not communicating in a way that people can relate to, it’s going to be hard to impact people.
And am not saying you conform, but you must find common ground on which both sides understand each other, then from this common ground, shape the definition of what’s relevant as both sides contribute to develop this new meaning.
If you have made it through my five questions!!! Congratulations, you are left with one important thing to be ready to build Church in Africa.
Phillippians 2:13 (AMP)
For it is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose for His good pleasure.
Now Go and make disciples…