|Poverty and the Church:|
|The Church is lifeline of any society
It’s a unique place that should change instill change in people’s lives.
People engaged in the fight to end poverty often develop weight and pressures that weigh them down on their minds. The church can keep such grounded, flushing out the burden of life by providing bedrock of faith and answers to humanity’s deepest needs.
|The Church in Africa │>│
In Africa the church has an enormous reach; by 2006 there were more than 390 million Christians in sub-Saharan Africa, up to 117 million in 1970, a trend due mostly to evangelism, according to the centre for the study of Global Christianity in South Hamilton, Mass.
|The Church in Uganda │>│
In Uganda, evangelical leaders estimate that at least one-fifth of the 28m people are born again Christians. Their number includes leading political leaders, pulpit young pastors, Djs and other celebrities, high school and college students. In the 1990s Uganda had one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection 15%. Churches backed by the government, launched an innovative program to educate about the disease. By 2002 the HIV rate was down to 6%.
|Need for discipleship
However even with such boom, the Christianity in Africa is generally “superficial” and suffers from serious disconnects at various levels. Given that the phenomenal numerical growth has failed to translate into maturity of faith and theological strength there is still need to seriously disciple believers if the church is to play its role in poverty reduction.