Worldwide: Sub-Saharan Africa

Reach Beyond plays a strategic role in this vast, highly diverse region which is home to more than 3,500 ethno-linguistic groups and faces immense challenges such as poverty, civil wars and AIDS. Our team collaborates with local African believers to develop community FM radio stations. We have worked with local partners to put more than 75 local radio outlets on the air in 29 countries since 1990, mostly in communities where people have not heard the good news of salvation. Our personnel train radio workers in technical and programme production areas. In addition, staff members help install clean water projects and conduct sanitation and hygiene training.

Testimony

He was older, greying, holding his head high, eager to take the sanitation and hygiene training in the village where he served as an elder. He had a toothless grin that reflected his joy of being at the event. He listened intently, at times telling his neighbours to be quiet and pay more attention. As explanations of caring for cuts and bruises progressed, he whispered something in his neighbour’s ear. Did he not understand? Should it be explained in a different way? No, he lifted his hand with confidence and asked a question: “Are you telling me that I shouldn’t put soil on a cut to help it heal?” Hearing the explanation of how soap and clean water help heal and keep infection away, his face lit up. Now he would share his knowledge with the elders in his village to make sure his people understood.

Sub-Saharan Africa statistics

Population:
987 million

Religious breakdown:
Christian 63% (17.4% evangelical); Muslim 30%; folk religions 3%; other 4%

People groups:
3,529 (840 unreached - 24%)