Editor’s note: There are many African communities in Iowa. If there are African immigrants in your area, you may find this to be a useful tool.
The Welcome Africans website bridges the hospitality of West Africans with information on how to enjoy the hospitality of God. The website offers the opportunities for Africans to read a Gospel presentation, watch the Jesus Film, hear Bible stories, and ask questions about what he/she has just read or heard. Resources are available in twelve West African languages as well as French, English and Arabic.
There are several ways the website can be a great tool for evangelism and discipleship. First, the website can be used as a broad seed sowing tool. Sowing seeds is a necessary part of farming to produce crops. In the same way, we need to sow spiritual seeds, the Good News, in order to see people come into the Kingdom of God. Sometimes it can be very tiring and we see few results.
The Welcome Africans website, helps with sowing the seeds among the peoples of western Africa. Already, we are seeing this tool being used to God’s glory. The video “Nattukaayu Yalla Bi” (The Scales of God) in Wolof has been viewed over 700 times and has been embedded on some Senegalese sites! This video was shown in small groups in Senegal, but now many are seeing this. Please pray that this website will continue to be used to bring Glory to God.
Second, the stories and videos serve as great resources for discipleship. As new believers ask questions, they can find the answers on this website. Perhaps the new believer doesn’t have access to a nearby local church. Or, the individual is trying to ask questions to reduce the threat of persecution. The site is accessible in internet cafes, offers privacy, and offers answers to most questions. And, Welcome Africans webpage offers the option of emailing or calling someone who can more thoroughly answer the question in English or French.
What is unique about this site?
The website is unique in that the target audience is the Diaspora of West Africa living in urban areas like New York City, Paris, Kansas City, Atlanta, etc. One of the goals of this ministry is to offer another tool for church planters who work among West Africans. With the appropriate follow-up information noted on a business card, etc. given to Africans encouraging them to explore the website, there is great opportunity for many to hear and respond to the Truth in their own heart language.
What makes this a useful resource?
This is a useful tool not only for people serving in urban settings among Africans, but also a great resource for churches and individuals who are ministering to West Africans. And, it is an inexpensive resource for the discipleship toolbox!”
This post was originally published at www.ethnecity.com.