Our passion to proclaim the Gospel is carried out primarily through evangelistic outreaches, or ‘missions’ , in the major cities of Africa. We believe that all people – from street children to presidents – need to hear and be changed by the Gospel!
Democratic Republic of the Congo
African Enterprise has been involved throughout the DRC’s history, establishing a formal office in 1995. The Team Leader for AE DRC is Leonard Kiswangi. Primarily, the DRC Team works in a peace building and reconciliation capacity, training Congolese leaders through workshops on how to positively respond to conflict. The DRC Team has also invested significantly in reaching the young people of the DRC where over 40 percent of the population is under the age of 15.
Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is the site of the African Enterprise Ethiopia office. AE has been formerly involved in the nation since 1996. AE Ethiopia Team Leader Dr. Melisachew Mesfin has been directing the team since 2003. Mel’s passion is running Student Discipleship Programs in universities throughout the nation and forms the bulk of AE Ethiopia programs. The ‘Building the Church of Tomorrow, Today’ Student Discipleship Program teach and equipped 19,000 students annually with the skills to overcome their fear of man and proclaim the Gospel fearlessly. Further, Gospel proclamation occurs annually through city-wide missions.
African Enterprise has had an active presence in Ghana since 1995. The Team Leader for Ghana is Bernard Owusu-Sachie. Over the last several years there have been many missions to this West African nation. There are also social action projects that are impacting people with the Gospel, including the Street Children Apprenticeship Program (SCAP), Women in Need Skills Training and Women’s Rehabilitation Project.
Kenya is one of the oldest African Enterprise field offices–set up in 1976! Rev. Benson Omondi is the Team Leader for AE Kenya. This team has faithfully continued to proclaim the Gospel for many years through large scale missions and social action projects throughout the country. Social action projects include Women’s Rehabilitation and Empowerment project at Mathare, Foxfires youth evangelist team, peace and reconciliation projects and a sanitation project at Korogocho slum. City-wide missions continue to be carried out annually across Kenya.
In 1984, African Enterprise formally opened an office in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe and the team has been tirelessly proclaiming the Gospel and showing love in the urban places through city-wide missions and numerous social action projects ever since. The AE Malawi Team Leader is Dr. Cornelius Huwa. One of the largest development projects in Malawi is the Malawi Women Tailoring Program in Lilongwe training women with the necessary skills to bring them out of a poverty cycle they have been stuck in. They are trained in home management, design and sewing. In Malawi there is also an active Foxfires youth evangelism team. City-wide missions continue to be carried out annually across Malawi.
In Rwanda, African Enterprise works to make the name of Jesus know through both large scale missions and working with care and compassion to improve the lives of the young population. Over 40 percent of Rwandans are under the age of 15 in a population of nearly 13 million, and the average age is just 19. The AE Rwanda Team began work in 1985, and has established numerous social action ventures alongside official AE missions in order to empower households to take charge of their lives once more by the grace of Jesus. Under the guidance of John Kalenzi and his team, there have been remarkable successes in Rwanda. The Centre for Champions (CDCs) is a remarkable social action project established in 2007, supporting vulnerable students through equipping with vocational training skills and the knowledge of the Gospel.
South Africa is the birthplace of African Enterprise. In 1961, Michael Cassidy began AE with a vision of “non-racial, interdenominational and Pan African ministry sprung from African soil”. Over 55 years later, the ministry continues with great fervour. The South Africa AE team is based in Pietermaritzburg under the leadership of Team Leader Theuns Pauw.
 M. Cassidy, The Church Jesus Prayed For, Oxford, Monarch Books, 2012, p. 11.
Since 1977, African Enterprise has had an office in Tanzania. For 40 years AE has been working in Tanzania to bring people to Jesus. Emmanuel Kopwe is the Acting Team Leader of AE Tanzania. Each year the Team participates in both large and small scale missions. AE Tanzania has a longstanding HIV/AIDS education program in Magu. HIV/AIDS is an unwelcome and constant companion to life in Tanzania, which is why the program at Magu is so vital allowing the AE Team in Tanzania to look after both physical and spiritual well being of vulnerable communities. Education is fundamental to enabling the next generation of Tanzanians to think carefully about how and why they should look after their personal health.
African Enterprise Uganda was established in 1971 and Edward Mubiru is the Acting Team Leader. In Uganda, there are a wide range of projects and ministries. AE Uganda runs the Milne Medical Clinic in Kampala supporting government anti-malarial initiatives and runs vocational training for youth at the Nile Vocational Institute. These social action projects have had an extensive reach and are expected to continue expanding. City-wide missions continue to be carried out annually across Uganda.
African Enterprise has been working in Zimbabwe for several decades. The Region has recently come under the Southern African Region leadership of Lutangu Lubasi based in Zambia, with the objective of coordinating capabilities and efficiencies between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to reach over a million people over the next five years. Key projects include water and sanitation within Harare city and youth discipleship programs through city initiatives and the Foxfires youth evangelism program which was inaugurated in Zimbabwe.
In the coming 5 years, our objective is to reach a million people with the Good News of Jesus in the region, with the collective input of Malawi and Zimbabwe teams under the new leadership of Lutangu based in Zambia. The boards of Zimbabwe and Malawi have agreed to participate in a new structure that facilitates the collective use of regional skills and resources to maximize the impact of outreach and development programs in these three countries
AE works in 10 African offices, but also sends the teams from these offices to non-office locations. There are long standing projects in Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Zambia. A brief outline is below, with more information to be rolled out soon about projects in association with AE offices.
- Peace and reconciliation projects: AE Uganda /AE Kenya – South Sudan. Read an overview here.
- Pastor training: AE International – Côte d’Ivoire Read an overview of Côte d’Ivoire here
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