THE RACE FOR AFRICA


by Loren Davis

Copyright 2005 Loren Davis

In 1988, my wife and I went to Africa and have been working there ever since.

When we first arrived there, we had little money and lived meagerly in harsh,

brutal conditions our first ten years. From August 2000 to November 2005,

through our generous partners, God has enabled us to build 132 churches in

unreached villages deep in the interior of Africa, evangelizing them and providing

them with competent Bible-believing pastors. We have also preached 36

major crusades in Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya where hundreds

of thousands have attended and have come to Christ.


By living so close to the people for so long, we have learned to love and

appreciate them. Some of the most intelligent people I have ever met are

African. Even the primitive people in the bush are very smart. I would say

they are bush smart. Outsiders could never endure and survive in similar conditions.

We have seen their sufferings first hand and have heard them tell the

stories about their lives. Most of their lives are hard, but they desire to succeed

and to make something better for their families and themselves.

Their great faith and yearning to succeed has made them vulnerable though

to every shrewd scheme brought in to exploit them. Not only have we lived

among the different tribes for many years, we have read much of the history

of Africa, from slavery to colonial times, to now. We are now seeing a bigger

outside threat coming to Africa, perhaps greater than has ever even happened

in the past. No doubt about it—there is a race for Africa.


THE RACE FOR SLAVES

So many nations were involved in the slave trade. After living in Africa for

many years, I have come to appreciate that Africans are people with the

same desires and hurts like every other race and nation of the world. What

the slave nations did not factor in when they took these people is that they

were stealing human beings, not unlike any other people, except for their

primitiveness and being illiterate as to the ways of modern man. When the

Arab slave traders forcibly took these Africans, families and societies were

torn apart. Children were taken crying from their mothers; husbands and

wives were separated. Grandparents were left to die bitter, unbearable deaths.

Friends were separated forever. Who can measure the broken hearts and horrors

of these people ripped from their loved ones, brutally treated, and taken

to lands they did not know?


I have seen the slave market places in Dar es Salaam and Pangani, Tanzania.

Many of the captured Africans had thick ankle shackles and chains attached

to them. They were force marched from the interior great distances

through dangerous disease-ridden jungles to the coast of the Indian Ocean in

order to be sold. Those who weren’t strong enough for the walk would die

along the way, left to be eaten by the beasts and buzzards. After being sold in

the slave markets, they were put on the slave ships, a strange and terrifying

experience. They didn’t know where they were going. They suffered sea sickness,

had no toilet facilities, and were not considered regarding hygiene, medicines

for malaria, dysentery, typhoid, or their personal needs. They pined for

their families that they would never see again. These horrors were unimaginable.

Celeste and I visited Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. We

saw the small cramped pits, about four feet high, where slaves were chained

together like cattle going to market. The stench must have been unbearable.

They were laid on concrete with no pads and no blankets. The physical and

mental sufferings were immeasurable. Then they were sold on blocks like

cattle. Can you imagine the humiliation? The people were nothing but a commodity.

If they died, the traders just captured other Africans.


Nations all over the earth raced to Africa because they were economically

motivated to obtain free labor and enhance their personal wealth and quality

of life. Slave trade prospered largely through the cooperation of African chiefs

who sold their enemies, neighboring tribes, and those they did not care for to

the Arab slave traders for money or goods.


THE RACE FOR COLONIZATION OF AFRICA

In the 1800s, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Spain,

the Dutch and Oman among others, raced for Africa coveting its land,

wealth and cheap labor. They believed they needed to do this to maintain the

affluent lifestyle of their homelands.


Their governments appropriated lands to their citizens who were sent to

tame Africa. What they didn’t realize, or didn’t care about, was although it

looked like this land didn’t belong to anybody, African villages are very structured.

Every inhabited part of Africa was communal property of each tribe.

The tribal chiefs and elders allocated land to its people. The land did belong

to these people even if there was no paper work stored in some courthouse.

But like buzzards, the colonizing nations coveted the land, wealth, and people

(labor force) of the Dark Continent.


They said they came to civilize and modernize the Dark Continent, but

they themselves became the savages, committing genocide against many tribes,

as they stole their lands and dispossessed them. Most colonization efforts used the

state church’s missionaries to pacify the natives and open the door for the political

takeover of the African’s homeland. This was a massive abuse of Christianity.

I am sure not all of the state’s

missionaries intentionally were working with their governments to bring in

colonization, but intentional or not, they were used by their governments,

and they facilitated it. When the state church missionaries came, and the colonists

followed them, they always came bearing gifts and making great promises

of a better life to the natives. But their gifts were only bait used to seduce

them so they could take over their land, their lives, then rule over them. This

caused the African people to lose their independence, self-rule, and freedom.

Like slavery, colonization was so successful because many chieftains cooperated

with the wealthy foreigners who came. They sold the land and freedom

of their people for their own personal benefits. The basic problem of

Africa is that many of its leaders care about their own welfare and wealth, and

really don’t care about their own people.


The colonizers brought with them their magistrates, police and their own

administrators then worked with native collaborators to implement their colonial

ambitions. Often the colonist governors even charged a hut tax that

poor natives couldn’t afford to pay. Imagine, foreigners coming in, taking

your land, and then charging you tax on your hut. There were severe penalties

and imprisonment if the natives didn’t comply with the foreigners laws.

At the same time, this broke the relationship between the different tribes

and brought enmity among tribes who had gotten along in the past. The

colonists would categorize some tribes as superior and some as inferior. They

would give preferential treatment and better jobs to one tribe over the other.

This stirred up enmity among the tribes towards each other. After colonization

was driven out, this practice left the seeds that brought about events like

the Rwandan genocide where over ten thousand people were killed every day

for one hundred days. In the end, one million were slaughtered.


The history of the genocide in Rwanda shows that some Catholic bishops

stirred up the Hutus against the Tutsis. Many Tutsis fled to the Catholic

churches for sanctuary, but often the priests and nuns called in the Hutu

militias to slaughter them. The Catholic churches became the main killing

stations, although there were some protestant pastors who also participated

in this genocide. (See Google: Rwanda genocide/Catholic priests) The government

forces of Rwanda also helped enforce the genocide.


Scenarios like the Rwandan genocide, in one degree or another, have left

most of African societies crippled since colonization, and they have never

stabilized. Unfortunately, many African leaders have emulated their colonial

masters, and still have kept their people down and without freedom to improve

their lives.


THE CATHOLICS RACE FOR AFRICA

My wife and I have worked in Africa for many years in Tanzania, Kenya,

Sudan, Zanzibar, Congo, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. We have not

only been conducting major crusades to win the masses to Christ, but are

building churches deep in the bush where no Gospel church has ever been.

We have been astonished to see large Catholic compounds deep in the

bush in so many places. The Catholic church owns much land and yields

much power over governments throughout Africa.


THE PAGANIZED GOSPEL OF MONEY HAS RACED TO AFRICA

My wife and I have been appalled at what we have seen in the African

church, particularly the Pentecostal Church. Much of what we have

seen is not the Holy Spirit or God. Many preachers and teachers from America

and Europe have come to Africa preaching the gospel of money. Because of the

great poverty in Africa, this gospel has really attracted the Africans, particularly

the pastors.


Many of these visiting preachers have intimidated the Africans declaring

that they are prophets. They have intimated to the African Christians that if

they don’t obey them and give them the big offerings they demanded, a curse

would come on them. The Africans are naturally superstitious, coming from

backgrounds steeped in witchcraft and sorcery, and are very vulnerable to this

type of manipulation. In offerings taken by these Western prophets, many Africans

have given almost everything they had. The Africans have been told that

if you obey the prophet, and give all you have, God will make you rich. As a

result, many visiting preachers plunder the Africans in Christ’s name, and

leave the African church and believers faith in shambles. These preachers are

nothing but neo-colonists, plundering Africa in the name of Jesus.

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for

the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in

vain. (Exodus 20:7)


The African pastors have learned about the gospel of money from these Western

Prophets, and many of them now call themselves prophets and apostles. They

have learned to plunder their poor people mercilessly like their western counterparts.

Particularly in the cities, it is not uncommon to find pastors living in

mansions and driving luxury cars, while their people grovel in poverty. What a

despicable, heartless thing. People come to church to find hope and deliverance,

only to jump from the frying pan into the fire. There is only a small percentage

of preachers in Africa preaching about Jesus, His offer of salvation through

grace, keeping God’s commandments, or about heaven and hell. These GET

RICH QUICK churches are drawing the biggest crowds in Africa, just like in

America. They are preying on people’s desperation and greed.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea

and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him

twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Matt hew 23:15)


THE TRUE GOSPEL OF CHRIST IS RACING FOR AFRICA

Thank God there are true missionaries and pastors in Africa who have not

compromised the Gospel and are doing everything they can to get people

saved, while teaching the Word of God, and helping believers live victorious

lives in Christ.


RICK WARREN’S PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH’S RACE FOR AFRICA

Rick Warren and his Purpose Driven Church have come to Africa like a

storm. It is amazing that almost every denomination is buying into

this agenda, virtually without question. Even the governments and presidents

of Africa are welcoming Rick Warren as if he was the long-awaited savior. He

is promising to bring millions of dollars to help churches and to help the

nations socially and economically.

This Purpose Driven movement is an ecumenical, sociopolitical movement,

where the church and state are uniting again. Why are churches and

state governments so interested in his program? No question he has money.

Governments and churches are all interested in that. Take Rwanda for example.

Rick Warren says he is going to make Rwanda the first Purpose Driven

Nation. If that is the case, and he is the head of the Purpose Driven nation,

doesn’t that mean that he, a foreigner, will be running Rwanda? His organization

says that all the churches in Rwanda are now Purpose Driven churches.

So in essence, doesn’t that translate that Rick Warren is now the bishop of

Christianity in Rwanda.


Rick Warren is bringing in great numbers of people from Saddleback

church to administrate his program of transforming churches into centers

for feeding the poor, nursing and education. That is exactly how colonization

started in the beginning. It always followed the cross, then brought in administrators

to run things. Any way you look at it, this is neo-colonization, with a

foreigner running the country. First of all, he is changing the purpose of the

church from a place to preach the Gospel, into primarily a social institution. I

predict, that by joining the government with the church in Rwanda, the separation

of church and state is over. The state will now be calling the shots for

the church. Religious freedom will end. When the church and state were united,

it brought in the Dark Ages. Rick Warren is reuniting church and state. Rwanda,

he has declared, is just a prototype of what he says he wants to do in all of

Africa. Believe me, he has already taken over much of Africa, in the guise of

his Purpose Driven Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.


AIDS

Not only does Africa have material needs, but it is also being ravaged by

the deadly plague of AIDS. In Kenya alone, 800 are dying every day of

AIDS, HIV.


WHAT CAUSES AIDS? It is a scientific fact that AIDS is spread by

fornication, adultery, and homosexuality. The source of HIV is sin! Of course

the consequence of these sins often comes on innocent children and women,

and also those who are infected by tainted blood that has the HIV virus in it.

What is astonishing and irrational is that the world is looking for a cure

for HIV without dealing with the cause. I thank God for what science is

doing to try to find a cure, but their efforts are flawed. They are looking for a

cure that will enable mankind to continue in sexual sins with impunity.

This is the epitome of humanism and the New Age, man trying to save

man without Christ and God’s commandments. I thank God for what man

can do, but man cannot save himself without Christ and obeying His Word. It

never has worked, and never will. Humanitarian aid, science and money without

Christ and the Bible, by themselves will not save Africa.


It is astonishing what we are seeing in Africa. Untold millions of dollars are

being given to cure AIDS, but from what we are seeing, the common people

are just not getting it. I’m sure much is going into research which is understandable,

but an inordinate percentage is being eaten up in administrative

fees. Many are getting rich off of the suffering of the people of Africa. Hospitals

are packed with HIV victims, with little medicine to treat them. My wife

and I have often wondered where all the money is going that has been given

for AIDS. Only the very rich can get proper medicines in Africa, and the

medicines they get do not bring a real cure; it just eases the pain and prolongs

life a little while.


In the cities, morgues are stacked with bodies piled on top of each other

of those who have died of AIDS everyday. What’s amazing, Africans have

been warned that a promiscuous lifestyle causes HIV, but it has not slowed

down their immoral lifestyles. It is literally suicidal. There seems to be no

survival instincts of self preservation among most Africans. They are no

different morally than their western counterparts. Their behavior is totally

irrational in light of the ominous threat that faces them.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the

truth. (2 Tim 3:7)


ROCK CONCERTS AID FOR AFRICA

One cannot help but notice all the attention that is now being given to

helping Africa with humanitarian aid. Rock musicians are holding concerts

trying to save Africa from AIDS. What a paradox, seeing most of them

live and promote a licentious lifestyle which spreads AIDS.

It’s interesting that a huge rock concert in Europe, which was calling for

finding a cure for AIDS in Africa, never raised one dollar from those who

attended. A major TV network commented that if everyone there just gave a

dollar it would help. It was all talk and no substance. It seems to me that they

just used Africa’s problems as a promotional gimmick to get big international

press.


AFRICA’S FUTURE


Many are calling for the Western nations to cancel the African debt. But

from what I have observed in Africa, corruption is so bad, that even the

massive grants that have been given to build roads, etc. very little has been done.

I stand amazed that all of this aid given to Africa over so many decades, that

the masses of Africa are still so poor and dependant on the outside for survival.

Outsiders see Africans as weak, as children, who can be deceived easily.

Most of Africa has tremendous untapped natural resources. These resources

are being coveted by many nations and businesses. Actually, the African

is playing the game with the outsider to exploit them, and the outsider is

playing the game with the African to exploit him. But ultimately, the African

always loses this game, which translates losing freedom.

The U.S., Great Britain, and the EU are sending billions to Africa. Why?

Is the motive behind this effort truly humanitarian, and genuine compassion,

or are they coveting the tremendous resources of Africa as their ancestors

did. Could it possibly be that once more they are using gifts to get a foothold

again in Africa?


I heard a president of one of the African nations plead, “Do not send aid

to Africa when we don’t have an emergency. You are breaking our economies.

Our people won’t work.”


Celeste and I were in Goma, Congo, two weeks after the genocide in

Rwanda that slaughtered one million people. We saw one giant cargo plane

after another flying relief in. This was amazing since they were feeding the

fleeing Hutus who were the instigators of the genocide. What we saw was

that although there were many innocent Hutus who were caught up in this,

that many of the fleeing Hutu militia men who were there, were standing in

line, getting relief, and then went back into training planning to return to

Rwanda to finish the job. The local population in Goma, Congo, quit working

and got in the relief lines as well. This totally broke the economy of Goma. I

believe in humanitarian aid when there is a crisis, but when it is continuously

brought in when there is no crisis, it breaks the work ethic of the people, and

they become totally dependent on the outside for their survival. This is the

foundation for the re-colonization of Africa, which will virtually make the

people no more than slaves and puppets for their foreign masters.

A member of Kenya’s Parliament told his fellow Parliament member that

no economy in the world ever grew out of humanitarian aid. Economies

grow when people work. Some in Africa think that Africa was infected by

AIDS to deplete Africa of the black man, so Africa and its resources can be

taken over. That seems far fetched, but for sure the wealth and land of Africa

are being coveted. Some from other countries have coveted the rich farm

lands of Africa saying that they could produce incredible crops if they had

the soil.


Now like a storm Rick Warren and his Purpose Driven Church are taking

over African churches of every denomination, while at the same time he appears

to be joining up with many African government leaders. He has taken

over much of the church of Africa and is greatly influencing Africa’s government

leaders. It is amazing that so many denominations and governments are

becoming Purpose Driven without thoroughly inspecting and understanding

what this really means. It appears because he has strong endorsements from

notable preachers that Africa and the world is going along with his Global

P.E.A.C.E. Plan, seemingly without really considering its ramifications. It seems

the assumption is, that since everyone is doing it, and peace is a good thing, it

must be good.


There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end

thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)