Today 15% of the world's population resides in Africa. Home to around 1 billion people, Africa's population is growing rapidly. Estimates indicate Christians make up 49% of the population and Muslims 41%.1 While Africa faces some of the greatest problems in the world in the form of poverty, inequality, disease and conflict, there is hope. The Christian church is poised to exercise great influence on the continent. What this influence includes will largely be determined by the kinds of men and women who lead the church. Our African partners are finding new and creative ways to train leaders for African realities, from rural ministry to senior theological leadership.
1 Operation World.
The church in Africa is undergoing tremendous transformation, and its rapid growth is phenomenal, but it's putting a lot of pressure on training institutions that provide the expertise and professionalism required. Overseas Council comes alongside the training institutions of the church in diverse ways to help them provide the type of godly, transformational and courageous leadership that is properly aligned for the needs of the church. Working backstage through its many channels of engagement, Overseas Council continues to directly resource the training institutions in Africa with personnel and infrastructure that are critical for mission attainment. I am an Overseas Council scholar. Having earned two Master's degrees and a doctorate with the help of scholarships provided by Overseas Council, I have served the church directly as a pastor and the training institutions of the church as an educational consultant, academic dean and now Regional Director. This is what Overseas Council does - aligns leadership to the needs of the church in Africa through its training institutions.
John Jusu, PhD, OC-USA Regional Consultant for Africa
What makes Overseas Council's vision very powerful is training nationals so that they can train their own people in their own context to better serve the Lord. Those who are investing their time, energy, skills and resources so that this vision is implemented are making a big contribution to the growth of God's Kingdom. I personally was equipped by Overseas Council through their Institutes for Excellence as I was serving as Principal of the Shalom Evangelical School of Theology in Chad, one of Overseas Council's partner schools for 11 years. The training at the Institute was so important to my ministry all those years. Now I have the privilege of joining Overseas Council as Regional Director for Francophone Africa to help strengthen theological education in that geographical area. I request your prayers so that the Lord would grant me wisdom and a servant's heart to better fulfill my task to His glory.
Mardochée Nadoumngar, PhD, OC-USA Regional Consultant for Francophone Africa