"Arise, Africa! The land of colour, dance and pomp! Arise and let us together tell our story in words and pictures." —Rose Birenge, Biblica, Kenya, chair of MAI-Africa
While storytellers abound in Africa, quality books written by and for Africans do not. In many countries, fewer than 10 percent of Christian books available are penned by local writers. Even where the Church is booming, too often a lack of homegrown books, articles and magazines hinder its strength and maturity. Hungry readers search in vain for material that speaks to their hearts, minds and daily needs. To combat this famine, MAI equips men and women to create life-changing books and articles in their heart language. Will you help us equip talented African wordsmiths?
Rows of shacks covered in corrugated iron sheets line the streets in Simbongile (Sim) Mente's girlhood town. The 31-year-old author and ministry leader grew up in Kayamandi, a black township of South Africa that once symbolized the cruel segregation of the former apartheid regime. After Sim gave her life to Christ at 19, she began reaching out to teenage girls there. Concerned about the violence, drug abuse, prostitution and witchcraft that entangled the community, she launched a ministry to equip the girls with biblical principles and solutions. Today she and her husband lead a church together in Soshanguve township, Pretoria.
Sim’s first book, Africa’s Daughters: With their everyday lives (2015), describes stories of women who have overcome hardships with God’s grace. Now she’s editing a second inspirational non-fiction work, titled “Heaven’s Daughters: You are of royalty.”
“I want to produce content that will ignite hope in desolate places,” Sim told us. (Meet Sim in this video.)
Visionary African writers like Sim need scholarships in order to join our LittAfrica conference this November 5 to 7 in Accra, Ghana. Together they will hone skills, gain vision and fellowship with top African communicators. Attending this unique gathering could mean the difference between a writer giving up or receiving the encouragement to create a needed book or article, and or even launch a Christian publishing house where there is none.
Will you help us equip Sim or another talented African wordsmith by contributing toward a scholarship today? Each LittAfrica scholarship of $500 covers all accommodations, meals, materials and registration. We aim to raise $5,000 for 10 gifted wordsmiths to hone skills and pen words of hope.
Your gift of:
$25- covers participation at a valuable workshop led by a top African communicator
$50- pays for a 1/2 day of inspiring workshops and sessions
$100- covers an entire day of workshops, sessions, and meals to network, fellowship and learn alongside fellow African professionals
Even better, a gift of any amount we receive will be applied 100% toward scholarships. Without a scholarship, a gifted African Christian storyteller won’t be able to attend this unique event. Help us create life-transforming words for readers across Africa today!
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Thank you for helping us ultimately nurture the Church and bless African readers.