Mission work in Continental Africa is changing. WELS’ established missions – Malawi, Zambia, Cameroon, and Nigeria – focus on assisting the national synods and their churches as they mature, while also helping with their pre-seminary and seminary programs. The new work before WELS missionaries is outreach, as individuals and church groups in nine additional African countries have reached out to WELS and the Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA) for fellowship and theological training. These countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In response to this new gospel call, the One Africa Team was organized to coordinate WELS missionaries and resources. The One Africa Team is accountable for visiting the groups and synods seeking partnerships, teaching confessional Lutheran doctrine, and encouraging mission expansion.
Currently, eight called missionaries and one hired Director of Africa Mission Operations serve on the One Africa Team.