Mission work in Continental Africa is changing. Missionaries working with 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 seven additional African countries have reached out to WELS and the Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA) for fellowship and theological training. These countries include Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Two additional synods in Ethiopia and Kenya reached out for assistance and are now in full fellowship with WELS and partners in these new outreach initiatives. 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, nine called missionaries and one hired Director of Africa Mission Operations serve on the One Africa Team.