The Challenge of Africa
- Wednesday, September 20, 2006
But even if every weak or corrupt African government were magically overturned and replaced by a democratic one, present conditions would largely persist without a concomitant uplifting of the African spirit--confidence in the knowledge that, as a creation of God, each person has meaning, purpose and dignity.
Here at home in our media-saturated culture, where the thorniest problem is solved in 30 minutes or less, the long-term resolve needed for Africa will be a significant challenge for those who have been content to write a $100 check for the latest world crisis.
One person who has studied the African situation and invested his efforts to address it is The Purpose-Driven Life author, Rick Warren.
Central to Rick Warren's strategy is the involvement of the local church. Pastor Warren understands that the solution to
The idea is to facilitate the move from a subsistence economy to a market-based economy, enabling the African people to manage and maintain their own infrastructure for spiritual, material and intellectual well-being.
A bishop's vision
I recently had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Tanzanian Bishop Philip Baji, along with several other local Christians. During the afternoon we had the opportunity to ask Bishop Bali about the challenges of his country.
Unlike many sub-Saharan nations,
With 58 parish churches, Bishop Baji's diocese operates several hospitals and clinics, two secondary schools, and one bible school. It is also involved in agro-forestry and nutrition improvement programs aimed at improving the health and economic status of the poor. In the near term, the diocese also has plans to open several new churches and support other dioceses in the region in the start up of an Anglican university.
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