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One of the challenges facing mission work in most churches in Africa today is lack of welfare.

This was the view of the Coalition for African Mission (CFAM), an international missionary movement committed to the advancement of God's kingdom though fostering of fellowship and empowerment for greater exploits across Africa and the world at large. The group stated this at a two-day summit it organized in conjunction with the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege, Lagos.

Director of Mission and Relief Services, Evangelist Eddy Ebeniro said the objective of the conference was to ignite the fire of mission in churches in Africa with Nigeria as the pilot scheme, adding that the coalition believed strongly that God had given the African Church special grace to take up the task of spreading the gospel to nations of the world.

While sharing his experience in his just concluded 60-day missionary journey to East Africa, Ebeniro urged the audience to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the movement to fulfil their passion of affecting lives of the people both within and outside their immediate environment.

Speaking on the theme, Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Mission in Africa, the provincial chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege, Lagos, Rev. Dr. Idris Moses enjoined missionaries not to stand alone but to exhibit kindness to one another and close ranks for the kingdom of God to advance.

Rev. Moses urged the body of Christ to package themselves for the rest of the world, adding that people like David Livingstone and others moved from one place to another to spread the gospel.

Pastor Chucks Akobundu, the coalition's Director of Administration and Strategy charged the gathering to be ready for the challenges in mission. He noted that there is no conquest in life without a challenge. According to him 'challenges are forms of training which takes a man of success to greater success.'

In another development, the movement also stormed Umuelemai, Isiala Mbano, Okigwe in Imo State to further deepen the message of spreading the gospel to African nations through information and interaction for global evangelism and missionaries.

Chairman of PFN Okigwe Zone, Bishop Emmanuel Nwachukwu who charged the missionaries to arise and shine, advised the coalition's leadership to allow integrity to guide them since they have taken up the job of mobilizing and assisting missionaries for impact in their chosen fields.

The event was rounded off with an invitation to the audience to actively participate in the coalition's plan missionary trips to Niger Republic, one of the poorest countries of the world, where relief materials was expected to be presented to the citizens. Other countries to be visited include Ghana, Togo and some countries in East Africa.