1. God gave our family the privilege of 19 years of church planting as adults in East Africa. The Lord grew that gift to include a deep well of relationships and experiences.
2. Our people, the Diaspora (a people dispersed from their original homeland who form community http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Diaspora.) from Africa’s Great Lakes (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) are clustered in many major cities in North America. They are doing very well professionally and academically yet some have spiritual struggles in their adaptation. Their children are Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) just like our own children.
3. We have a solemn pastoral responsibility to shepherd the Diaspora from Africa’s Great Lakes. We have spent a year praying and listening. Our intent is to begin a monthly fellowship in Chicago land to shepherd the Diaspora in the fall of 2013 called Great Lakes Fellowship.
4. Christianity’s influence in North America has experienced a rapid decline in the last 20 years.
5. The greatest growth of Christianity in the 20th Century was in China, Korea, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
6. The children and grandchildren of some of the previous century’s most effective
7. The United States ethnic composition is rapidly shifting. Caucasians will soon be a minority.
8. Diaspora esteem deep held American ideals such as faith, knowledge, freedom, ingenuity, and perseverance.
9. We believe one of the most crucial tasks for Christian influence in North America is to church plant among and with the children of Diaspora peoples.
10. Thus we conclude we have a sacred responsibility to shepherd Africa’s Great Lakes Diaspora through their transitions to become missionaries who plant multi-cultural churches in North America (James 4:12-17.) We intend to begin a new multi-cultural church in Chicago called Nations Chapel.