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AMCF FRANCOPHONE REGION : REPORT

 

  1. FRANCOPHONE AFRICA

 

Historically, francophone Africa is dealing with formerly France-colonized nations still having French as their official language or one of their official languages. They are fourr blocs of about 310 millions inhabitants.

 

NORHT AFRICA

Northern nations: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and let us say Mauritania. These are Muslim countries with Arabic as first official language

 

WEST AFRICA

There we find Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo

 

EQUATORIAL AFRICA

They are also called central Africa: Cameroon, Central republic of Africa, Congo, Democratic republic of Congo, Gabon, Chad, Burundi and Rwanda in a particular situation

 

ISLES IN INDIAN OCEAN

Madagascar and some small isles (Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles). Djibouti is a small territory on the Horn of Africa.

 

  1. AMCF FRANCOPHONE REGION

 

  • West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo
  • East and Centre: Cameroon, Central republic of Africa, Chad, Congo, DR- Congo, Gabon

 

1. SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL FIGURES

In my region traditional beliefs are almost predominant in all the nations. Depending on the country the population range from

v  Animists: 40-50%

v  Moslims: 30- 40%

v  CHRISTIANS: 20-35%, with 5-10% born again or evangelicals.

These last years, both Islam and Christianity are developing at the expanse of traditional animism, though a big part of Muslims and traditional roman Catholics stay closely linked with tradition and idolatry. Anyway, it seems evangelical denominations are growing faster than Islam and Roman catholism. It also seems that extremist Islam is penetrating the region with potential tension to be feared in years to come, as money is used to recruit adepts by Muslim countries and associations from outside Africa, while on the Christian side there is less material solidarity or help.

Economically speaking there are countries with big potential in the region but we have some of the major socio-political troubles in the continent: Côte d’Ivoire, DR-Congo, Chad, and Central Republic of Africa. Guinea, Togo, Niger, Mauritania are countries not stabilized yet. Even in countries looking stable, tendency to changes of Constitution at the end of legal political mandates is a permanent thread on peace and stability

 

2. THE MCFs

The AMCF francophone region was created in 1997. It helps Christianity make notable progress in all the nations, with more and more converts and more and more high ranked officers testifying openly. In all the countries now they know about AMCF even though some of them are not organized. The situation is as follows:

  • Nations with contacts: Niger, Senegal, Central Republic of Africa, Gabon, DR- Congo, Cameroon
  • Countries with an MCF active but not officially recognized: Mali, Togo, Congo, Chad
  • MCFs officially recognized, with a national board and more or less regular activities: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Guinea.

 

A big handicap in our region as stated above is political instability. These results in the fact that there are more and more military men and women coming to Christian faith in the forces, but they are rather active in civilian churches. Many of them hold key position in their local churches but will not feel in peace to meet with other militaries or attend activity in military chaplaincy.

My experience brings me to believe in the importance of international Christians visiting our brothers and also organizing national, sub-regional and regional meetings. Such meetings are big encouragements for the military Christians and opportunities to talk about the necessity of chaplaincy.

 

3. CONCLUSION

a. Thanks

I want to thank our Lord for his goodness to Africa and especially assure our brothers from ACCTS, ACCTS MMI, MSO that their efforts are bearing fruit. We are very grateful to them. May god bless them abundantly! 

b. PRAYER REQUESTS

We need prayers for stability and peace in our region above all.

We also need prayers for doors to open for official starting of MCFs in Cameroon, Chad and Togo in a short time

Finally we need prayers for our big forthcoming event that is the 2nd Francophone regional conference in Côte d’Ivoire in 2011. 

 

God bless you

 

By Col (ret) Gaston K.  GNOUMOU,

AMCF Francophone VP

 

 

 
     

 


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