What Does the Bible Say about Missionary Work in Africa?
The Bible gives us many examples of people being sent into the world to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionary work in Africa can be said to have started with Philip. The Book of Acts gives us a fascinating account of his interaction with a eunuch from Ethiopia, a country on the east side of Africa.
Acts 8:26-31 reads,
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”
Interestingly, Philip didn’t need to go to Africa himself. God put a person of both the language and the culture of Ethiopia in Philip’s path. Not only that, but the eunuch was a person of influence who had the ear of the country’s queen. Philip was able to train him in God’s Word regarding Christ, which the eunuch accepted. He then placed his faith in Him.
GFA World has a similar pattern of sending in its national missionary model. GFA raises up men and women from the country it wants to serve so that they already have the language and cultural background needed to remove barriers, just like the eunuch.
You can support the growing network of GFA national missionaries with just $30 a month. These missionaries live simply in order to keep their expenses down and have special passion for sharing Christ’s love with their own people. Join in supporting them as they love where God sends them. Most of all, please pray for them as a partner in God’s work. Sponsor a missionary today.Learn more on missionaries in Africa