In Sub-Saharan Africa, 55 large groups of unengaged, unreached peoples live (UUPGs) among whom are few-to-no Christians. The gospel cannot gain traction within these people groups. A new project, “55 in 5,” has set a goal for all IMB missionary teams to engage these 55 people groups in the next five years. Your partnership is vital to realize this vision. Your gift will send researchers and a media team among the 55 UUPGs to create products for awareness, prayer and recruitment to help local believers catch this vision.
Statistics show there are now more professing Christians in Africa than any other continent. These local believers are critical to reaching the last unreached peoples in Africa! They need biblical and practical training to learn to cross cultural lines and geographical borders to reach the remaining unengaged, unreached peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa for Christ.
Such training would complement the “Africans reaching Africa” sentiment that is on the rise, a movement that needs to be encouraged and nurtured. Training will focus on the essential components of the missionary task: entry strategies, evangelism, discipleship, healthy church formation and leadership development. Classes and seminars will be offered locally across the continent and regionally at centers in East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa. You can assist missionary teams and local churches to achieve this God-given vision. Your gift will send researchers and a media team among the 55 UUPGs to create products for awareness, prayer and recruitment to help local believers catch the vision.
With your help, IMB personnel will establish training centers and equip trainers with teaching materials. Your gift will equip local believers in missionary and church planting strategies. Trainee expenses for travel, food and lodging—costs beyond the reach of many Africans– also must be subsidized. Your gift will help meet all these needs. Prayerfully consider how God is leading you to come alongside your African brothers and sisters to share the gospel of hope and salvation with 55 in 5!
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.