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Brief History of Africa Missions Association (AfMA)

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In September, 2010, Third World Mission Association, TWMA (Now World Link Mission Association), Missions Nexus (North American Missions Group), US Centre for World Mission (USCWM) and other invited observers met in Pasadena, CA to review the global consultation held in Tokyo marking the 100 years of Missions from Edinburgh 1910 to 2010. Tokyo, Japan for obvious reasons was chosen and a committee of all those that were meeting in Pasadena were involved in planning and executing the Consultation.

While the meeting was going on and references made to CUMIBAM, Latin America Network and Asia Mission Association (AMA), Africa were left with National Missions Associations of Nigeria (NEMA) and Ghana (GEMA). The representatives at this meeting included Africans (Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt), Asians from South Korea and Japan, Americans from USA ( Mission Nexus) and the Latin America group from Peru and Guatemala.

After a long discussion that led to several other discussions and counter discussions, African Representatives led by Gabriel Barau of Nigeria and Dr. Seth Anyomi of Ghana felt excluded simply because Africa had not learnt to stand on her own to foster the spirit of an African Missions Group aimed at establishing National Missions Associations in all African Nations should that be possible. This forced the two to meet and raise the issue immediately and started to plan to get an Association for Africa that will foster the establishment, encouragement and nurturing of National Missions Associations for African nations so as to facilitate their missions networking and activities and to help them stand on their own without any external influence. The duo planned to discuss further on this.

In May, 2011, the duo met again in Bournemouth, United Kingdom and discussed the prospect of getting the Africa Missions Association started. In doing this, they needed to review other existing groups in Africa so as not to duplicate activities which will amount to futility. Gabriel was asked to write a letter to the Movement for African National Initiatives, (MANI) and to also contact AEA. This was done and a charter establishing MANI and the Constitution of AEA was gotten. After the review and calls to ask the leadership of MANI regarding the plans to get a Mission Association for Africa and to let them know after reviewing the MANI objectives, we understood that it had nothing in connection with the objective we had in our agenda. We therefore threw our weight by discussing with our National Associations that is NEMA and GEMA. Our associations accepted the move and the ball was set rolling.

In 2012, and early 2013, further meetings were held in Accra, Ghana to facilitate the idea of getting the Association started.

In September, 2013 during the Global Missions Consultation held in Accra Ghana, the African delegates took advantage of the gathering to meet, discuss and come out with several reasons why a Mission Network for Africa was needed in our time. The meeting was attended by representatives from 15 countries including both English and French speaking nations. During this time, there was a unanimous acceptance of the proposals that an Africa Missions Association was overdue and must be established forthwith. All the delegates voted for this and subsequently, Gabriel Barau from Nigeria, Dr. Stephen Mbogo from Kenya, Dr. Samuel Kebreab from Ethiopia, Rev Enoch Nyador from Ghana, Dr. Julius Twongyeirwe from Uganda and Doegratias Niyonzima from Burundi with the participation of Dr Seth Anyomi being one of the initiators, were appointed by the delegates to carry on and review what has been started.

That was the launching path for AfMA which is now fully on course and intend to carry on and serve Africa under the following primary objectives:

A. To promote cooperative action in mission among national member agencies and associations in Africa.
B. To promote the establishment of national mission associations and agencies in Africa where none exist.
C. To provide coordination for national mission associations and agencies in Africa.
D. To facilitate networking among the existing national mission associations and agencies in Africa
E. And to take all other possible and prudent actions in the interest of national member agencies and associations, including the formation of regional networking along common language or geographical proximity.

The spirit of the Association shall be marked by free relationships with other regional, continental and global entities.

Author: gemagh

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