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 2017
Please join us in praising the Lord for His power and mercy and to pray for the mission journeys completed, and those ahead in 2017.
|Kenya||“Malindi Mission”||29th June – 9th July|
|Rwanda||“Kigali city south-east mission 2017” (Kicuriko)||18th – 24th July|
|Uganda||– AE Staff Missions Training
– Kampala City Central And Nakawa Mission
– University Mission (UCU), Kampala
|13th – 14th September
15st – 24th September
25th – 30th September
|Ghana||– GEF/ Mentoring training, Accra
– “Accra City South (Ga South) Mission 2017”
|8th – 14th October
18th – 31st October
|Malawi/Zambia||“Lusaka City Arise Leadership Mission”||4th – 11th November|
|Ethiopia||“Dessie Mission”||21st – 24th December|
|South to North Africa initiative||(Reverse Mission) Tunis, Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast,||March, June, December|
|Mission Africa||Togo, Senegal, C.A.R, Angola, FDE Lilongwe||May, June, October|
|DRC||Lubumbashi Mission (University Mission)||TBC|
|Zimbabwe||University Of Zimbabwe Mission (Mt Pleasant Campus)||TBC|
Missions in 2016
From one end of Africa to another, 2016 saw people of every sector of society remembering and turning to the Lord in prayer, in song, and in their lives. Over 550,000 thousand Africans were reached by Gospel teaching through Missions projects all over Africa!
African Enterprise has reached thousands of people with the Gospel: from a Vice President in Zimbabwe, to a drug-addict and gang-leader in South Africa, from an embittered and imprisoned wife in Uganda, to a questioning intellectual in Ethiopia. All across Africa, from those in prisons or without homes, to those at the pinnacle of political power, lives have been radically and forever transformed.
Please join us in praising the Lord for His power and mercy.
Above all, remember that each number listed below represents an individual person and a reborn soul who, because of your partnership, now has the hope of heaven in their hearts. Because of you, they are able to walk with Christ and must grow in their love for Him. Pray that their faith would go deep and that they would not be choked by the worries and cares of this world, but would flourish and grow to yield their own harvest, thirty, sixty and a hundred-fold. Details of those reached for Christ in 2016 are shown below.
Total Reached: 558,097 // Total Saved: 51,987
2016 Missions at a Glance
Missions saw people of every sector of society remembering and turning to the Lord in prayer, in song, and in their lives.