Monday, March 27, 2006

Want to be an African Missionary?

Guess what? You don't have to go to Africa to be an "African missionary" anymore. In fact, you can be a missionary by staying right at home in America. Africa, specifically Nigeria, is sending missionaries here - to America.

We didn't bring this church to the United States to be another Nigerian church," said Ajibike Akinkoye, chief executive of Dove Media, in an interview in his Irving office. "We are afraid with the way things are going in the world and in America - allowing people to do what they like, creating their own religion and philosophy - those people are going to pay for it. We don't want that to happen."

The United States, with its ever-expanding megachurches, influential evangelists and deep religiosity, seems an unlikely mission ground. But the Redeemed Church believes Christianity here has become a lifestyle, not a transforming way of life, and they feel obliged to rescue the people who brought them the faith in the first place.

"There is a vibrancy in Africa," Akinkoye said. "We are offering that gift back to America.

Welcome to America! The land of the free and fast becoming the home of the depraved. We'll take all the help we can get.

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