Our Mission and Values
Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus is the heartbeat of African Enterprise. Mission
African Enterprise has been evangelising the cities of Africa through mission, in WORD and DEED, in partnership with local churches for over 50 years! We’ve only just begun…
Our passion to proclaim the Gospel is carried out primarily through evangelistic outreaches, or ‘missions’ , in the major cities of Africa. We believe that all people – from street children to presidents – need to hear and be changed by the Gospel!
To evangelise the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the Church.
Our Core Values
- We are team based – seeking to form strategic partnerships and alliances
- We are committed to reaching every strata of society holistically
- We seek to bring peace where there is conflict
- We are committed to the authority of scripture and adhere to the Lausanne Covenant statement of faith
African Enterprise has teams in ten African nation! We also have offices in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, and the USA!
The Faces of African Enterprise
Today AE is a partnership of approximately 600 staff and countless volunteers and friends representing ten Ministry Teams and Five Support Teams. These teams, departments, boards and individuals have committed themselves to continue the mission given to AE at its start – ‘To evangelise the cities of Africa through word and deed, in partnership with the church.’
African Enterprise International is governed by an International Board which appoints a CEO and Chief Operating Officer to oversee the leadership of the global organisation.
AE’s International Staff
Australia Board Members
African Enterprise has a board of eight governing members from Australia.
Mr Jeffrey Lindsay Collett: Chairman
Mr Collett has thirty years management experience in large international engineering companies and has held directorships in public operating companies and industry associations. Recently retired, he is actively involved in a number of Christian organisations.
Rev Matt Stedman
BEnvSc, B Div.
Rev Stedman is the Senior Minister at St Bede’s Anglican Church in Drummoyne, NSW. He regularly travels to Africa to train Ministers and Pastors in theology.
Mrs Judy Wong-See
Mrs Wong-See is the Principal of an executive search firm, Credence International. Having begun in corporate and government sectors, her work in recent years identifies senior talent for the leadership of Christian Not For Profit organisations.
Mr Benjamin Henshall
Mr Henshall has many years experience in the sales and marketing roles for Australian and multinationals IT companies. He has been actively involved in his local church in various ministries for the past decade.
Mr David Cain
BCom, MCom, MBA, GAICD.
Mr Cain has over 2 decades of business management experience within large multinationals. He has held increasingly senior leadership roles across the disciplines of commercial strategy, government affairs and policy development. He has a passion for Africa, Board Governance and AE.
Mr Rohan Gilchrist
Mr Gilchrist has worked extensively in banking and finance throughout Europe and Australia, in a number of senior directing role. He has a passion for empowering, inspiring and coaching colleagues, and for charity and fundraising events.
Rev. Chris Siriweera
B. D. (RTC Geelong).
Rev. Siriweera is the Senior Minister at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Surrey Hills, Vic. He is excited to see the church grow through strong leadership.
Miss Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth has a legal background and currently works as a civil law solicitor with disadvantaged communities. She has been involved in a range of volunteer roles prior to joining the board including engaging in her local church and as well as working with charity organisations both in Australia and Africa.
Aid & Development
“I want to open a tailoring shop for my business,” said Brenda. “With this I will raise my family, and I am going to train others and share my skills with them. May God bless the donors and African Enterprise for enabling me to know how to pray and share a word of God!”
Brenda, Malawi Tailoring Project
Some of THE AID AND DEVELOPMENT Projects you support EACH YEAR
1. Tanzania HIV and AIDS Education Project
This project helps educate approximately 10,000 children each year and reach a community of over 60,000 people.
2. Ghana Street Children Apprenticeship Project
Together we have helped give apprenticeships to 17 young people living in Accra each year. Read More
3. Kenya Mathare Women Empowerment Project
25 vulnerable women had their lives transformed and were empowered with skills to start businesses and provide for themselves.
4. Malawi Tailoring Project
Each year, around 30 women’s lives are changed in Malawi with new skills and abilities. These vulnerable women would otherwise be caught up in prostitution.
5. Kenya Korogocho Latrines
The sanitation project in the Korogocho slum has positively impacted 72 households by enabling them to have access to clean latrines due to your support.
6. Rwanda Water Project
a) The Kabuga Community in Kigali, Rwanda can now provide clean water to 700 people.
b) Women’s Self Help Groups. Fostering communities and building empowered Rwandans. Read more
7. George Whitefield College (GWC, Cape Town, South Africa) – Disadvantaged Students Fund & Capacity Development Fund
AE works in partnership with GWC to support disadvantaged students to complete their studies. Read More
“It has never been easy for me since I dropped out of school due to lack of funds. My life has been under the control of friends who manage to feed me. The good part of me tells me it is better to learn vocational skills in order to become self-sufficient. There was no means for me to learn any trade. By the grace of God, I heard about the good work AE is doing so I made a move to the office. Lo and behold I was given the opportunity to learn aluminum fabrication. Though I have just started I am hopeful it will end well for me. May the good Lord bless African Enterprise for the good work they are doing.”
Alex Collins Seddoh, Ghana Street Children Apprenticeship Project (SCAP).
“Once I complete my training in 2 months’ time, I am hoping to start a small dressmaking and embroidery business near where I live. Once my business is stable, I will also create opportunities for other women interested in learning a skill to come and learn from me. I believe that through these skills, my life will be transformed economically and my family will live a better life. I wish to thank the Mathare Women Staff and AE for their love, support and commitment to empower me. May God richly bless you.”
Esther Wangari, Mathare Women Empowerment Project.
2017 in Review
Celebrate AE Aid & Development projects in 2017, with the following report from Director of Social Action, Janet Mwendwa, who visited in October/November.
TANZANIA (Mwanza): HIV & AIDS education in schools project
Improved learning atmosphere and better academic performance for 14,368 students in 10 schools.
The programme has created a good learning atmosphere for school children, and academic performance among girls has improved. The number of female school drop outs has been decreased, and the belief among parents and communities that HIV/AIDS is a curse from God is now over. Primary school teachers are now knowledgeable and have no fear about HIV/AIDS, as they know thoroughly how the disease is spread, and how to prevent the infection. Through the acquired knowledge, they continue to provide reliable information to young children through well designed HIV/AIDS presentations loaded with scripture and presented through social clubs, songs, role play, drama, poem and dance.
MALAWI (Lilongwe): Women Vocational Skills Project
Spiritual, economic & social empowerment of 42 vulnerable women.
This project is achieving its objectives of reaching out to vulnerable women. The women are empowered spiritually through daily devotional programs. While most of them convert to Christianity during their stay at the project, they are also empowered economically through tailoring and business management skills. They are also equipped in home economics and other social life skills. As they graduate from the tailoring school, they are well equipped to impact and transform other lives in their communities.
ZIMBABWE (Hopely): Water Project
Provision of water to a community of 53,000.
Hopely was dominated by sanitation challenges due to scarce water supply. Hopely area has a population of over 53,000 people and very limited clean water access. Sinking the Hopely borehole was an answer to prayer. During the commissioning of this borehole, the leadership of Hopely expressed their gratitude to the African Enterprise team as they confessed that the sinking of this borehole was a clear demonstration of God’s love to the community.
GHANA (Accra): Street Children Apprenticeship Project (SCAP)
Rescuing and empowering 46 children.
SCAP has managed to rescue many young people from lives marred by robbery, prostitution and drug abuse. As the young people walk with their mentors in business training, their lives are transformed. While about 40% of the apprentice end up getting employed by the business mentors, 60% run successful businesses after the trainings. They learn the business skills as well as business ethics through observation of their mentors. It is particularly encouraging when some of these successful young people end up employing or mentoring other young people who are being rescued from the streets.
Through social action projects, AE is very clearly showing the love of Jesus. The collaboration of national teams and support offices in project implementation and resource mobilisation is commendable. In all projects monitored, there is strong evidence that lives are being transformed, and we give God all the glory.
Pan African Director Aid & Development
An introduction to missions
For over 50 years, AE has been committed to a mission,
“To evangelise the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the Church”.
This vision given to AE founder Michael Cassidy has brought the Gospel to millions of Africans over the years. AE is unique for our focus on stratified evangelism – reaching people at whatever place they are in, be that a presidential office, business board room, slum, marketplace or many other locations. There is no one audience for a mission audience, AE evangelists have been able to share the Gospel with every strata of society in any given city selected for a mission. AE try to run at least one large city mission in each of our 10 African Office countries, as well as a number of smaller outreaches and evangelistic events.
There are 3 phases of a city-wide mission, as outlined below:
Over the course of a year, the church of the city will trained and prepare for the Proclamation week. Training will typically begin with church pastors, then lay leaders and local evangelists, and finally mission volunteers. Often counsellors are trained also, in order to help with the Preservation stage of mission. Training courses may include Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) training in core subjects such as New Testament or Biblical Theology, evangelism skills, caring for new believers and more.
During this time, AE National Team Leaders and Mission Directors are in communications with government and local authorities in order to secure large venues for use in the Proclamation phase. Missions are not a secret, and because teams are trying to reach every strata of society, having good relations with local or national authorities is crucial to successful missions.
A typical mission lasts 7-10 days. It is a combination of word and deed events, to correlate with our overall mission statement. Every mission begins with a physical (and symbolic) city wide clean-up of the streets because we are anticipating that Jesus is going to sweep and clean the hearts of people.
A National Team will also run a Leadership Dinner, if possible, to share the Gospel with the political leaders of a city through speaking about what good Christ focussed governance looks like.
Then, hundreds of evangelists go out into the streets to engage with every strata of society: professionals, business people, school children, academics, factory workers and street dwellers. There may be as many as 2,000 separate meeting events in a single mission!
“What a joy it is to see people from all walks of life coming into the kingdom of God!”
(Stephen Mbogo, AE CEO and International Team Leader)
The expectation is that not only will many hear and respond to the message of salvation found in Jesus Christ alone, but also that Africans will reconnect with the Gospel if their hearts have grown cold, and become mature believers. A mission is also about rebuilding and encouraging the churches of Africa to press on in the faith as increasingly mature believers who can go forth to proclaim the Gospel further.
The final stage of a mission is lifelong! As soon as a mission is concluded, mission volunteers follow up new believers through ensuring that these new believers get connected in to local church parishes. Prayer for these new believers is vital. Ensuring that local churches are ready to care for new disciples is critical, as we anticipate a great influx of new Christians after every mission. Sharing experiences and stories, especially testimonies, discipleship classes, forums and other events are all valuable ways to follow up and preserve the harvest of souls post mission.
Looking to the future, it is important to encourage believers to mature and grow in their faith through committing to lifelong, mature lives lived for Christ. Attending church every week, participating in Bible study groups and training events, and supporting subsequent missions in their cities and beyond are important. Theological training through AE funded courses such as Explore (through George Whitefield College), Preliminary Theological Certificate (through Moore College) and many other locally adapted evangelistic programs, help to strengthen and deepen the knowledge of the Church in Africa.
Missions in 2018
We are looking forward to seeing God at work in Africa in 2018. Please join us, as we commit the missions listed below to the Lord in prayer, eagerly anticipating that He will bring many people to know His son Jesus this year.
[Updated 23 January 2018]
|Countries||City||Theme of the mission||Dates|
(2019 – 2021)
|LOME||Joshua and Caleb trips, (preparation for 2019-2021 Missions)||March & July|
|RWANDA||KIGALI 3||Nyarugenge Mission for Jesus||10 – 17 June|
|KENYA||MERU||Meru Mission||28 June – 8 July|
|TANZANIA||MWANZA||Mwanza Mission||22 – 29 July|
|ZIMBABWE||HARARE UNIVERSITY MISSION||“Building the nation with Jesus”||August
|KENYA (AEI)||NAIROBI||Gospel Movement Day
|23 – 24 August|
|Kampala City Mission||21 – 30 September|
|SOUTH AFRICA||– GRAHAMSTOWN
– CAPE TOWN UNIVERSITY
Whatsup Cape Town
|3 – 6 May
17 – 23 September
26 – 30 September
|MALAWI||LILONGWE||Lilongwe City South for Jesus||14 – 20 October|
|DRC||LUBUMBASHI UNIVERISTY||“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27)||10 – 20 October|
|GHANA||AKUEPEM STATE||Christ-Centred Churches Transforming Communities and culture||18 – 31 October|
|ETHIOPIA||ADAMA||“Let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Is. 2:5)||26 – 30 December|
Foxfires Youth Teams
Foxfires (affectionately called ‘Foxies’) are hard at work across the continent of Africa, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the 226 million (UN 2015) youth who live there. Their mission is to bring Jesus to the very youngest strata of society, because no one is too young to put their faith in Jesus!
There are teams in many AE countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya and DRC (new in 2017). Each team is comprised of a number of young men and women who apply for the training programme. Many have heard about the Foxfires programme through earlier teams who have invested in them. Others come from estranged or neglected childhoods, and have come to know Jesus. As a result, they feel compelled to serve Jesus in this way.
Foxfires teams train in areas including:
- Creatively Preaching the Gospel
- Preparing Youth for Life
- Equipping Leaders to Serve
- Mobilizing Youth for Missions
Teams move around the country participating in city-wide missions and presenting at other locations such as churches and schools. Performances by a team can include dance, drama, testimony and life skills. Foxfires share the Gospel of Jesus with children and youth through explaining their own relationships with Christ.
Theto Shoroma, one of the South African Foxies for 2016 says,
“We spread the Gospel creatively in dancing, drama, testimony and poetry. Also, you go to school, teach life skills that help young people deal with daily challenges.”
Supporting Foxfires means empowering future generations of children to know Christ, and to live joyous lives in devotion to him!
Read the testimonies of the 2017 Foxfires!
See what the South African Foxfires are up to:
Peace and Reconciliation
African Enterprise desires to bring peace to where there is conflict. We’ve been working to bring peace in South Sudan since the violent outbreaks began in 2013. We’re currently working with Parliamentarians in South Sudan to bring reconciliation to government leaders. Peace and Reconciliation workshops are held for grass-roots and church leaders to teach those impacted by the violence how to forgive and come together as a community.
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Michael Cassidy & The history of African Enterprise
As a young South African man, just 21 years old, Michael Cassidy had a heart for his people and felt the Lord calling him to city-evangelism in Africa. During the summer of 1961, he set out on an exploratory visit to 31 major cities of Africa, a trip in which God’s vision for Michael became clear. On a long walk on the beach, Michael drew an outline of Africa in the sand and wrote “claimed for Christ” inside it. His experience is recounted in the book African Harvest: “He wrote in his diary; ‘I asked God for 50 years of ministry in Africa.’”
“Michael’s vision and courage were key contributors to mobilizing the church in South Africa to challenge and topple one of the most evil and divisive systems in the world, namely Apartheid.”
– S. Doug Birdsall, Honorary co-Chair, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation
Graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1963, Michael returned to South Africa with a small team and his work began. The first city-wide mission was held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and from there the work expanded slowly across the continent. A second team was established in Uganda in 1971 under the leadership of Bishop Festo Kivengere. Today AE has teams in ten African countries: Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Ethiopia.
You can read about the impact of your partnership with AE in 2016 below.
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