Africa is often symbolic of despair. When we want to point to an extreme case for poverty, disease, or political corruption, Africa is frequently our image of choice. While there are enormous challenges facing the continent of Africa, there is a tremendous sense of hope that is rumbling just beneath the surface, just waiting to emerge.
Africa has entered what historians and sociologists are calling the Post-Colonial era. The future of this era is uncertain, but there are voices from throughout Africa calling for an era of innovation, of creativity, of justice, of peace, of hope.
What will the church in Post-Colonial Africa look like? What yokes must be thrown off so that the Gospel of the Kingdom can go forth to transform and empower a continent in desperate need of the transformation that Christ offers? What will the church that is emerging in Africa look like? What concrete steps can be taken to bring hope to the suffering people of Africa? These questions, among others, are vital to the future of the church in Africa, questions that must be asked by responsible Christian leaders looking to see their continent transformed.
In May of 2007, many African, and some non-African, Christian leaders will gather to address these questions at the Amahoro African Gathering. These leaders will meet together in Kampala, Uganda for several days of constructive dialogue, planting seeds of thought and preparing the soil for new partnerships. These hopeful and dedicated leaders will seek to define and embody what it means to “be the church” in the emerging post-colonial world of Africa. Through their conversations and experiences, these African and non-African followers of Jesus will seek His Kingdom together, allowing their conversation to become the framework of long-term partnerships to enrich the work of the emerging church abroad. The Amahoro African Gathering is the beginning of the conversation…
It’s our goal to raise $30,000 to pay for 140 African leaders to attend the gathering. The funding will also help underwrite other costs associated with hosting the event and planting the seeds for an on-going network and conversation. Would you consider being a part of this gathering by investing in the future of these emerging African leaders?
Claude Nikondeha (Amahoro Africa)
Brian D. Mclaren (Amahoro Int.)
For more information on the Amahoro Gathering, please visit: www.amahoro-africa.com
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P.S. Amahoro means peace. It is a word of Bantu origin used widely across Africa. It has special meaning in places like Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo, where violence and genocide have inflicted such pain and suffering. When people from various tribes embrace, shake hands or kiss, and say "amahoro," they are expressing a deep hope for a better future