The AIDS epidemic in Africa has orphaned 15 million children since the beginning of the crisis in the 1970s. Many older children end up taking care of their younger siblings by themselves when all of the adults in the family have died, leaving these young ones vulnerable to sexual abuse, violence, and human trafficking. A few AIDS orphans stay with relatives; however, these grandmothers, aunts and uncles often do not have enough money for their own families and cannot support extra children.
In response, IMB has launched a fund to assist orphans through our Baptist churches in Africa. Giving to this fund will help buy food and medications, pay school fees, and purchase clothing and school uniforms. IMB missionaries will personally distribute the funds to help orphans who are members of Baptist churches or who are members of the missionary’s community. Your gift to the Sub-Saharan Africa AIDS Orphan Help Fund will help these children to know that Jesus cares about their needs. Your partnership with local missionaries and Baptist churches will communicate that God wants to show them love through His body, the church. Give today to change these orphans’ lives and their country’s future.
From the jagged Atlas Mountains to the vast Sahara Desert and the wildlife of the Serengeti, Africa is unrivaled for natural beauty and the hospitality of her people. Most Sub-Saharan Africans live hand-to-mouth, surviving on what they can harvest and herd, but regardless of status or wealth, most Africans share a common bond in community, family, and tribe.
Home to 2,500 ethnic groups, the region once characterized by sweeping poverty is redefining itself with bustling economies and technological enterprise. Eleven of the twenty-five fastest-growing global cities are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Whether urban-or-village dwellers, though, many Africans still try to manipulate spiritual powers through charms, sacrifices, and divination. The hope of the gospel is desperately needed.
African believers are catching a vision for sharing their faith. Sub-Saharan Africa is poised to become a tremendous missionary-sending force. Ask God to fan the flames of evangelism and cover Africa with his glory.