God's Word for the Future of Africa

Rwanda is on the verge of a spiritual renaissance. Twenty-five years after the infamous genocide tore the country in two, a new generation is rising up with eyes shining in hope. But millions live below the poverty line, and a single Bible costs as much as ten times their daily income. So, the Alpha Relief initiative jumped in to provide access to Scripture for a rural community in Rwanda. A special event was organized for gospel preaching, a shared meal, and hundreds received their first Bible ever. Their joy could not be contained as they literally embraced God’s Word.

“I have treasured your word in my heart…” Psalm 119:11

“I have treasured your word in my heart…” Psalm 119:11

The impact these Bibles will have on the nation of Rwanda is incalculable. In a nation where the median age is only 19, putting God’s Word in the hands of these young people will shape the future of lives, families, churches, businesses, and government. A special focus was given to ensure young women received Bibles – girls who will be engaging in mentorship through the Esther Initiative over the next year. They are hungry for spiritual discipleship and are eager to learn. Filled with God’s Word, they are rising up as leaders for such a time as this in their nation.

As in Rwanda, Alpha Relief Bible distribution often comes in the form of calculated special events. Other times the need for God’s Word is presented to us more urgently. Our Global Advance team was recently on the ground in Uganda to deliver a Church Planting training when it became clear that many church planters present had never owned a Bible. Overnight, partners quickly and generously responded to this great need, and on day two of our Church Planting conference God’s Word was placed into the hands of these precious frontline leaders.

Two things in the world are eternal: the Word of God and the souls of man. Global Advance is investing in both for the future of Africa.

This post originally appeared in the Global Advance Winter 2019 Enlightened newsletter. Click to read more.