I mean, after all, we are called Mama Africana..so why not? The percentage of Black missionaries going overseas was at 1% according to the African American Missions Mobilization Manifesto by Columbia International University.
When I started Mama Africana in 2005, my hope was to implement our mission statement (To empower Black girls in their ethnic identity and relationship with Jesus..) by eventually taking the girls we mentor to the "mother land", Mother Africa.
In 2011, I took my first trip to Kenya (East Africa) and Sierra Leone (West Africa) and my life has never been the same since. I believe that a trip to Africa will be a life changing experience for ANY Black person that goes. A trip to Africa will only deepen their love for Jesus as they gain a deeper understanding of how he has designed them with traces of this bountiful continent in their blood; it's so beautiful.
Last year I made it my mission to get the majority of my MA team to Africa with hopes that they will be inspired to partake in efforts to getting MA girls to Africa. 12 of us, along with 4 others, will be traveling to Kenya August of this year. There we will be partnering with Amazing Grace Children's Home, ran by an amazing Kenyan woman I befriended during my 2011 visit. Magaret Mwangi takes care of 22 beautiful foster children in her home. With the same heart as us in Mama Africana, she's does all she can to meet the holistic needs of the children in her care.
I foresee our trip being a beautiful combination of a conference/training, retreat, and pilgrimage. This will be the first time some of us have left the US as well as first time many of us have gone to an African country. This trip will be a trip of healing as well as an impetus of something significant that God wants to do in the Black community.
I love how David Goatley, executive secretary treasure at Lott Carey, nicely put it in his interview with Christianity Today:
African Americans would be a valuable addition to the ranks of cross-cultural missionaries...Their cultural history—more than their skin color—makes them more welcome in African nations as well as marginalized communities in Europe, [And] the experiences of racism and white supremacy … would teach them to avoid better the paternalism that too many Anglo Americans show toward Africans and other majority-world people. Historically, the local community is where black missions has centered. Often African Americans do community outreach on the side while holding down a regular day job.
This best explains the group I am taking to Kenya in August. I am asking that you join me in praying for us in Mama Africana as well as our sister and brother ministries, NUBAI and Mshuari Mentors.
- Pray that God will first provide the rest of our funds ($1000 each)
- Pray that God will begin to open our eyes that we may see Jesus in a more profound way, especially on this trip.
- Pray that whatever we see and learn about Jesus in Kenya, we will bring it back as a gift to the Black community in the Tampa Bay Area, the State of Florida, and this entire nation.
The theme of this trip is "To See Jesus", pray we would experience just that as we together explore and learn from Mother Africa.
Compelled By The Indescribable Love of Jesus,
Mama Africana, Executive Director