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Africa: A Continent of Great Diversity

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. It covers about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. With 1.1 billion people in 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign countries. Africa’s median age is about 20 while the worldwide median age is about 30. It straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures, and languages.

Population: 953,000,000

Spiritually lost: 755,000,000 (79%)

Unreached people groups: 1344

UGANDA: Taylor & Lizzy Barnes

Taylor and Lizzy work with Ekisa Ministries in Jinja, Uganda, serving children with disabilities and their families. They serve in a community that views children born with disabilities as cursed – which sometimes leads to families abandoning those children. Working alongside local Ugandan believers, they help to love and care for those children, as well as reach out to their families and the community with the Gospel.

Ekisa envisions a Uganda where every child grows up in a loving family, regardless of their disability. They believe that every person deserves to be included in a community that recognizes their value and unique contribution. They dream of the day when differences are celebrated, no more children need to be institutionalized, and people with disabilities are given the unconditional love and support they need to grow and thrive. Today, they stand in the gap and come alongside children and their families as they rewrite the story of disability in their communities.

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