History of West Region Mission Outreach in Africa Written By: Dr. Linus Ojukwu
Our journey into mission started in 1996 in African Christian Fellowship Southern California. Prior to this time, the fellowship would raise funds and disburse it among several ministries without adequate corresponding accountability, a sense of ownership and involvement. This was very dissatisfying to us and we finally decided to have a program which could call our own and meet the following criteria:
- Creation of opportunity for member-participation
In order to achieve our objectives the following three committees were set in motion:
- Radio ministry
- Community projects
We had international leaders on mission from different ministries speak to us. We were blessed to have amongst others, the Late Dr. Ralph Winter of US Center for World Missions, Rev. Reuben Ezenmmadu of CMF and Rev. Edet Geroge of Adonai Missions International, address some of the above subjects to help us shape our vision. After much deliberation, we voted for education -basically educating the future leaders, today.
Africa was unanimously our focus and there was no debate about that. The question was where in Africa? The group at this point made it clear that we wanted a place where we would have the highest return in our investments. In our search, it became obvious to us that Franco-phone Africa, unlike Anglo-phone, was less endowed in terms of spiritual investments mostly because of the language barrier. Christians coming from the West are always end up in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, etc. That quickly made our choice easy and totally eliminated potential affinity for “my country, my village” mentality issues. We settled for the Franco-phone but did not know which country.
Search For Liason
Searching for the country and a liaison on the ground became the next hot issue. Unbeknown to us, God had both packaged for us when He had our paths and that of Rev. Edet George cross. It turned out that he, Rev. Geroge, was in a Franco-phone country of Central African Republic (CAR) and was the kind of person we wanted on the ground. We excitedly picked the combo-package.
Mission Activities Progression
Rev. Edet insisted on partnership and physical engagement and this led to Dr. Linus Ojukwu, Pastor Ron Fraker and Brother Rich Musser making the first trip to CAR in 1999. Since then a lot of us have taken short-term mission trips and our activity has grown from education to supporting widows, orphans, and medical outreaches, which in now bi-annually.
Adoption of the Mission Program By the West Region
In 2002, African Fellowship Southern California gave birth to African Christian Fellowship Los Angeles. With this, strong move was made to make the mission activity a West Region-wide program.