Between 1900 and 2010 (about a hundred years), the number of Christians in Africa grew from 7.5 million to 504 million. This is a rise from 9.1% to 48.8% of the population!*
While praising God for the massive growth, I am mindful of the intense need for discipleship. This is an area which has not been sufficiently addressed, and the challenge remains. To profess Christ is one thing, but to become Christian in mind, heart and life is quite another.
As we commence a new year and a new decade:
May this be the year and the decade when the African church earnestly takes up discipleship, without neglecting missions.
May this be the year and the decade when believers recover the gospel of the kingdom of God not merely as an entry point into Christ, but as the central story which shapes everything.
May this be the year and the decade when we bring the Christian worldview to shape and transform every sphere of life, every institution, and every community, on the continent.
*Source: Operation World