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By Eric Bohman
Africa is a land of vast resources and abundant opportunity. Very few
places in the world today have as much untapped resources as this second
largest continent on our planet. However, this statement is not just true
economically, but more importantly, it is true spiritually.
As we have advanced two decades into this new century of missions in
Africa, it is important to glance back and learn some lessons of the past in
order to achieve future victory. Then with that knowledge, coupled with
faith and dependence on God, we can reach forward into the regions beyond.
Glancing back, we note that the early missionaries possessed three distinct
attributes. No matter what their background or training, most were
characterized by a deep devotion to God, a willingness to sacrifice, and a zeal
to do His will. The wonderful thing is that these attributes are not limited to the
past generation. Fast forward to today—it is thrilling to see new missionaries
with the same devotion, commitment, and zeal, willingly following the call of
God no matter what the obstacles!
A glance back over the past ten years shows a decade full of activity with over
163,000 decisions for Christ reported by our missionaries! Furthermore, this
present generation has responded to the need in Africa, and we rejoice that 61
new missionaries have been approved to serve on the African continent. They
were sent by their home churches to 17 countries—10 of which were brand
new countries for BIMI. Those new countries were not just in one area of the
continent; they are represented in every region of Africa. I would like to briefly
highlight two of these areas.
Sending new missionaries into new countries is always exciting, but our new
missionary into The Gambia (a small country in the northwest part of the
continent) is a special blessing. More laborers into this area is an answer to a
longtime prayer. Since we have launched a new project into the 10/40 Window
part of Africa, the Lord has blessed by calling several young families to labor
in this predominately Islamic region. Challenges abound, but God is definitely
opening doors in this difficult area.
A new missionary to the central region has been a long time in coming, and
it is wonderful to see a new family on their way to the Republic of Congo.
While this country is mostly made up of dense tropical forest, half of the
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