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Calling Black Missionaries: Reclaim Your Heritage

A call is going out for Black Christians to reclaim their heritage on the mission field. CBN News spoke with one African-American missionary who is leading the push. Read Transcript


Reporter: THE RICHNESS

OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN

EXPERIENCE IS HEARD IN THE

VERY SONGS THE CHOIR SINGS

ON SUNDAY MORNING.

IT'S A RICHNESS THATç

INCLUDES WORK.

FAR BEYONDç THE CHURCH

VOLTS.

WE NEED TO GO BACK TO OUR

ROOTS.

I'VE BEEN IN MISSION MANY

YEARS, AND WHEN I STARTED,

THE CRY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

OR THE NATIONS OF PEOPLE,

THEY ASKED ME, ARE THERE ANY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

MISSIONARIES?

Reporter: IN FACT,

AMERICA'S FIRST MISSIONARY

WAS GEORGE LYLE.

LYLE WAS AN EMANCIPATED

SLAVE, WHO STARTED THE FIRST

AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH IN

GEORGIA, BEFORE HEADING TO

START OTHERS.

IT IS A HISTORY LESSON

BRENDA STRATON SHARES

OFTEN.

HER MINISTRY MESSAGE TO

NATION ENCOURAGES MORE

PEOPLE TO PURSUE MISSIONS

WORK.

FROM A LITTLE GIRL GOD

CALLED ME INTO MISSIONS.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A LITTLE

LADY GOING TO AFRICA WITH A

BUN ON HER HEAD, NEVER TO BE

SEEN AGAIN.

WHEN GOD CALLED ME, HE TOLD

ME, I'M CALLING YOU TO

ANSWER A SLAVE WOMAN'S

PRAYER.

HE SAID, SHE IS CRYING FOR

HER CHILDREN TO BE FREE, BUT

REALLY FREE.

AND I'M SENDING YOU AS A

RESULT OF HER PRAYERS, TO GO

AND FREE PEOPLE.

Reporter: ONE OF HER

LATEST PROJECTS IS BRINGING

ELECTRICITY AND A COMPUTER

LAB TO A MUD HUT VILLAGE IN

GHANA.

STILL, NUMBERS SHOW THERE IS

MORE WORK TO BE DONE.

FOR EXAMPLE, A CHRISTIANITY

TODAY REPORT SHOWED THE

NUMBER OF BLACK CHURCHES IN

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CONVENTION HAS GROWN MORE

THAN 80% IN THE LAST DECADE,

TO 3400 U.S. CONGREGATIONS.

BUT OF THE CONVENTIONS

400,000 MISSIONARIES, ONLY

47 WERE BLACK.

47% WERE BLACK.

THEY ARE INTERESTED TO

KNOW, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT

THERE HAS BECOME AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT,

HOW DID GOD TAKE YOU THROUGH

SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT YOU

HAVE BECAUSE WE FACE SOME OF

THE ISSUES.

Reporter: STRATON SAYS

SOMETIMES THE ISSUES OF

POVERTY AND STRUGGLE RIGHT

OUTSIDE THE CHURCH'S DOORS

KEEPS THEM FROM MISSION

ABROAD.

BUT MISSION INCLUDES

EVERYTHING.

GOD SAID TO JERUSALEM,

JUDEA, AND THE UTTER MOST,

HE DIDN'T SAY CHOOSE.

HE SAID TO DO IT ALL.

THERE IS ENOUGH WORK FOR US

ALL TO DO.

WE DON'T DO ONE AT THE

NEGLECT OF ANOTHER.

Reporter: AND NO ONE

VOICE CAN REPLACE ANOTHER ON

THE MISSION FIELD.

THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN

CHURCH BECAME A PLACE OF

REFUGE.

IT BECAME, IN SOME WAYS, AN

INVENTED CULTURE.

AND I DON'T SAY THAT

DISRESPECTFULLY.

I BELIEVE IT WAS A

COLLABORATION OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT, OF GOD, WITH A

WOUNDED, REJECTED, ORPHANED

PEOPLE, WHO FOUND REFUGE IN

HIM.

Reporter: THAT UNIQUE

STORY IS WHY JOHN DOSSEN

WORKS WITH BRENDA STRATON.

HE ENCOURAGES

AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO TAKE TO

THE FIELD, AND NOT TO ASSUME

THERE IS ONLY WORK FOR THEM

IN AFRICA.

WE ALWAYS SAY THE KOREANS

ARE GOING TO REACH JAPAN,

BUT THE JAPANESE ARE

FASCINATED WITH GOSPEL

MUSIC.

Reporter: AND EVEN

MUSIC CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO A

MISSION FIELD WHERE THE

HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL AND THE

LABORERS ARE FEW.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

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