Jake and I spent just 7 short months living in Nairobi, Kenya, but the land and the friends we made still hold a special place in our heart. Jake and I went to East Africa as learners. We wanted to get to know the people, the culture, and learn what it looked like to follow Jesus in their culture. While we had ideas of eventually living in East Africa long-term, we knew we needed to come and learn first.
We came to this conclusion about following Jesus in East Africa: It looks the same as here in the mid-west. And it looks different.
When we lived in Nairobi, I loved going to the bookstore on campus and finding books that I was familiar with – C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright. But after I was there a bit longer, I began to realize that there was a lot more Western influence in that bookstore than African. I started asking questions.
These conversations resulted in mixed feelings for me. While I was so glad that they had great material by people I really enjoy, I was also sad that there was so much western influence — how much of this influence is for the good and how much is for the bad?
All of this is why I’m excited about this Bible project:
Hundreds of millions of Africans know and love Christ. However, most discipleship and biblical resources come from a Western perspective—a culture far removed from their own. Africa’s wonderful and rich influence on the early church from the Ethiopian eunuch through Augustine is being rekindled.
The Africa Study Bible bridges the gap of cultural understanding and Scriptural relevance by revealing the truth and beauty of God’s Word through African eyes.
With the launch of this study Bible, Africans will have a resource that speaks directly to their heart, relating the Bible to their everyday life.
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Oasis International, a ministry dedicated to fostering a sustainable pan-African publishing industry, is putting the project together. And so far the feedback has been FANTASTIC. They’ve given out samples of both Genesis and John, and have received great reviews.
Now they need help getting through this last stage of publishing. Would you consider partnering with them, or sharing this with someone who you think would be interested in joining in?
To donate or learn more: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1816907898/launching-the-africa-study-bible