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In the Old Testament it was out of their bondage in Africa that God redeemed His people. Egypt is a part of Africa. The Queen of Sheba who visited Solomon was from Ethiopia in Africa, according to tradition. Moses, the head of the Israeli nation, was married to a girl who was possibly an African (Numbers 12:1). It was an African who rescued Jeremiah from a pit when no one else would do it (Jeremiah 38:7). It was prophesied long ago that God’s work would someday have tremendous impact in Africa. Egypt and Ethiopia were spoken of representatively: ‘Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God’ (Psalm 68:31). The New Testament, too, presents the direct link of Africa with the Holy Land. In fulfilment of a prophecy made seven hundred years earlier, Jesus Christ was brought to Africa as a baby for safety from wicked King Herod. God said, ‘I called my son out of Egypt’ (Matthew 2:15). So, the Saviour born in Asia, walked the soil of Africa. When Jesus was carrying His cross to the hill for crucifixion, He was unable to continue much longer. It was an African who carried the cross the rest of the way. On the day of Pentecost, Africa was represented. Settlers of Cyrene in North Africa were there when the Holy Spirit inaugurated the Christian Church (Acts 2:10). An African from Ethiopia was one of the first converts outside the native Jewish circles (Acts 8). When the first missionary conference was held, an African was there. Mentioned among the faithful disciples in Antioch was Simeon, nicknamed Niger (Acts 13:1). Niger, from which the river Niger and the countries of Niger and Nigeria are named, means black.

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