The call to Christian missions in Africa in the 21st Century is quite different than even 40 years ago. The Holy Spirit is now primarily using Africans to advance Christ’s church in Africa. But our brothers and sisters are still in great need. African church leaders are asking for help in transforming their communities—through development, not charity.
God’s grace to us, spiritually and materially, calls us to participate in responding to this need. One option is to get personally involved as a professor helping to educate the next generation of doctors, nurses, business leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, secondary teachers, university professors, lawyers and political leaders.
Before the turn of the century university education was de-emphasized across Africa in favor of primary education. But the population of sub-Saharan Africa has almost tripled in the last 40 years. More Africans than ever are completing secondary education. The number seeking university education is up from 1% of the population in 1970 to 6% today—though this number varies country to country. It is now recognized that rapidly expanding economies also need university graduates. Private and public universities in Africa are starting and expanding at an incredible pace, but it is impossible for qualified African faculty to fill the needed positions, especially in fields where advanced training has been limited, government and the private sector compete for limited talent and the “brain-drain” has taken potential faculty out of Africa.
Are you willing to consider spending a portion of your career in Africa?
Are you willing to consider work in Burundi at Hope Africa University?
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor 8:9
I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Ps 140:12
University Teaching in Africa as Mission
Country size is proportional to it's percentage of the world's university students
Country size is proportional to it's percentage of the world's Protestants
Country size is proportional to it's percentage of the world's physicians