Africa is a continent in conflict. Animism, Communism and Islam are in conflict with Christianity. The battle is for the soul of the continent.
Africa for Christ
Many would be surprised, in the light of all the negative and violent reports, to hear that Africa is being saved. In 1900 there were 8 million Christians (10% of the entire population of Africa). By the year 2000 there were over 350 million (48% of the population of Africa). The growth of evangelicals has been even more spectacular. In 1900 evangelicals were 1,6 million (1.5% ). However, by 2000 there were 116 million (14.8%). The rapid church growth has been particularly impressive in Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Islam is the greatest challenge and threat for Christianity in Africa today. There are an estimated 320 million Muslims in Africa (41% of the total population). There are approximately 160 million Muslims north of the Sahara in the seven North African, Arabic speaking countries. However, there are also another 157 million in sub-Saharan – or black – Africa.
The Muslim – Christian faultline, stretching from Senegal across the Sahara and Sahel through Nigeria, Chad and Sudan to Ethiopia, are areas of confrontation and increasingly aggressive Islamic activities. African Christian evangelism is confronting violent Islamic Jihad across the whole of North Africa.