Lausanne: “Africa to the rest”

Africa to the Rest: The most Christian continent grapples with its missional future. By Yaw Perbi and Sam Ngugi

African Breakthrough

Africa is the most Christian continent in the world today. Hallelujah! In the year 2018, for the first time in history, there were more Christians in Africa than on any other continent in the entire world.[1] The continent now has well over 670 million Christ-followers.

It gets even more impressive—by 2050 there will likely be more Christians in Africa (1.25 billion) than in the current second and third place contenders, Latin America (705 million) and Europe (490 million) respectively, combined. What shall we say to these things?

Yet we have three concerns. First, since the publishing of this joyous fact, we have traversed nearly every continent, including several countries within Africa itself, and have not found this momentous occasion in world history acknowledged much, let alone profusely celebrated to our satisfaction.

For over a thousand years, Europe has had the most Christians, until the last decade when Latin America slightly edged out Europe. And then in 2018, Africa happened. This is a seismic shift happening in our lifetime, right on our watch!

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