Africa has her fair share of challenges, facing issues such as corruption, social injustice, political instability, extreme poverty and the march of the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the region. Yet some encouraging changes are presently going on in Africa: there is an average economic growth rate of 4% and the fight against HIV is producing positive results. One of the most frightening monsters of this age is terrorism. Al-Qaeda, active in Africa through various radical groups such as Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and MUJAO- Movement for Jihad in West Africa, works hard to discourage the progress in the region.
Student work in EPSA
- working with 24 movements
- pioneering in 4 countries: one exploratory trip made to Somaliland, contacts in Cape Verde Islands and São Tomé, pioneering in Somalia and Príncipe still in the planning stages
- around 850 campuses
- more than 140,650 students
- 185 staff workers
Within the EPSA region there is a real commitment to the IFES Living Stones vision and a strong desire to build up disciples of Christ in the universities. Developing emerging leaders from among student leaders and younger staff workers is another priority. They are greatly encouraged that graduates who now support the work have been equipped to set up intentional mentoring relationships with students.
EPSA works towards building up national movements to witness to students and graduates through different evangelistic outreaches and missions. There is a commitment to provide leadership training for students to equip them to be in positions of leadership across Africa. EPSA is also eager to provide theological training in order to equip staff, through the region’s Institute of Staff Development and Training.
- for students in the region to be ready to serve in the fellowship by taking up leadership roles;
- for more graduates of the EPSA region to commit to mentoring one or two students in their area;
- for safety and courage in an atmosphere of fear, especially in the north east where the staff workers and students are in much great danger and there is currently no ongoing work;
- for more supporters to get behind the projects within the region both by praying and also by giving their time and financial resources.