Africa for Jesus Ministries International, founded in the United States in 2002, is an international Christian relief and development organization whose stated goal is "to tackle the root causes of poverty in Burkina Faso and other African countries.
About Us: God has called Africa for Jesus Ministries International to do a special work in all of Africa, and eventually in all the world. The strategy of the Native Missionary Movement and the vision of Africa for Jesus Ministries International to reach the unreachable is a challenge for all believers that want others to hear about Jesus.
History: Africa for Jesus Ministries International was founded in 2002 by Rev. Obiamaka (Obie) Obiekwe. When attending Christ for the Nations Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas, I was impressed upon by God to go to Burkina Faso and start an orphanage and help fight poverty in Africa. You can read my bio by clicking here
Vision: Africa has over 80,000 unreached villages. But the problem in Africa is not the number of trained pastors. The problem is the lack of money to help these people to be who called has called them to be. Africa for Jesus Ministries International vision is to embrace the large issues of community development and advocacy for the poor as part of its basic mission to help poor children and their families build a sustainable future.
Organizational Structure: Africa for Jesus Ministries International operates as a federation of interdependent international offices, each overseen by their own boards and representatives. A common mission statement and share care values bind the partnership offices and members together. Each national partner abides by common policies and standards and holds each other accountable through an ongoing system of peer review.
The partnership offices – located in Dallas and Burkina Faso coordinate strategic operations of the organization and represent Africa for Jesus Ministries International in the international arena. Each national office, whether in the developed or developing world, enjoys an equal voice in the organization’s governance of Africa for Jesus Ministries International.
The full board meets once a year for meetings and review and approve stategic plans and budgets and determine international policy. The current chairperson is Rev. Obiamaka Obiekwe of USA and the president is Rev. Obiamaka Obiekwe.
Funding: Africa for Jesus Ministries International revenue comes from private sources, including individuals. Aside from cash contributions, Africa for Jesus Ministries International accepts gifts of kind, typically food commodities, medicine, and clothing donated through corporations and individuals.
As we go into the program, approximately half of Africa for Jesus Ministries International programs will be funded through child sponsorship. Individuals, families, churches, schools, and other groups will sponsor specific children or specific community projects.
Activities: Africa for Jesus Ministries International aims to contribute to people’s needs in five major areas; education, health care, economic development and promotion of justice. Africa for Jesus Ministries International activities include transformational development, stategic initiatives, public awareness campaigns and promoting Christianity.
Transformational development occurs through focusing on improvement of children’s lives. This process first helps people and their communities recognize the resources that lie within themselves to make change possible. With support from Africa for Jesus Ministries International, communities transform themselves by carrying out their own development projects in health care, agricultural production, water projects, education, micro-enterprise development, advocacy and other community programs.
Africa for Jesus Ministries International has been to other developing countries like Ghana, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.
Africa for Jesus Ministries International addresses factors that perpetuate poverty by promoting justice. Africa for Jesus Ministries International supports community awareness of the collective ability to address unjust practices and begin working for change.
Africa for Jesus Ministries International encourages public awareness about the needs of others, the causes of poverty, and the nature of compassionate response.
As a Christian organization, Africa for Jesus Ministries International participates in strategic initiatives with Christian leaders and lay people of all denominations through conferences, consultations, training programmes and various educational opportunities. Africa for Jesus Ministries International is an ecumenical organization willing to partner with all Christian churches. Yet, Africa for Jesus Ministries International is respectful of other faiths.
Africa for Jesus Ministries International believes witnessing from Christ is a fundamental part of their relief work. The organization believes that God, in the person of Jesus, offers hope to renewal, restoration, and reconciliation. Africa for Jesus Ministries International seeks to express this message through life, deed, word and sign. The programs and services of Africa for Jesus Ministries International are provided without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, or religion.
Beliefs: Africa for Jesus Ministries International is interdenominational. This means that we are affiliated with Protestant Christian denominations that hold the same basic tenets of faith. Africa for Jesus Ministries International recruits workers mostly from Christian denominations, ranging from Prentecostal to Baptish, Anglican to Methodist. In turns, Africa for Jesus Ministries International is supported in the United States by a number of different denominations.
Africa for Jesus Ministries International holds true to the following Christian beliefs:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ came to earth, born of the Holy Spirit by the virgin Mary.
We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, was crucified, and after three days was raised from the dead.
We believe that Jesus' death paid the penalty of sin for all who believe and repent of their sins.
We believe in the sinfulness of all mankind and that no man can be saved except through the grace that Jesus Christ offers through his death.
We believe in the sanctification and holiness of all new believers as evidence to the new birth and becoming a new creation in Christ.
We believe in water baptism as a representation of a new life in Christ, signifying being born again and the new birth.
We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit living inside of every believer to empower him to minister to others, to heal the afflicted, and to live a sanctified life.
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of all who have lived. Those who lived in right relationship with God to go to everlasting blessedness with the Father, and those who lived in rebellion to God's Son to go to everlasting punishment of fire and torment.