Africa's Children Represent Hope


"But here’s a statistic to be hopeful about..."

13 June 2012 - Africa faces numerous challenges, and you’ve no doubt seen many of the statistics revealing that reality.

The data show that as many as 18 nations on the continent are beset by war of varying intensity. Of the 48 least developed countries in the world, 33 are located in sub-Saharan Africa. More than half of the people in that lower part of the continent live on less than $2 a day.

"about 40 percent [is]
under the age of 15"

But here’s a statistic to be hopeful about: Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world, with about 40 percent of its entire population under the age of 15. What points to the hope is another fact that says 85 percent of all people who come to Christ and continue in the faith made the decision between the ages of 4 and 14.

Like their counterparts everywhere, youth in Africa tend to gravitate toward technology, listening to radios and using cell phones and the Internet. And TWR is already connecting with these young people, reaching out through a program called Project Samuel with age-targeted broadcasts such as God’s Precious Little Ones and Witness at the Water.

"children’s projects simply
don’t raise as much money
as other projects do”

“Children’s ministry work is often a low-priority budget item for many ministries,” TWR CEO Lauren Libby said recently in a letter to supporters. “As hard as that is for me to comprehend, one of the main reasons for this response is even tougher to accept: Across the board, children’s projects simply don’t raise as much money as other projects do.”

So Libby and the ministry he leads are asking supporters to make a generous gift toward the $125,000 needed over a three-year cycle “to help produce and broadcast these programs to countless children in a ripe and very needy spiritual harvest field.”

To join the effort, go to

Source: TWR E-Snapshots (June 2012)
Photo: Kevin Walsh

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