The mission of Exodus Vision is to equip African churches for Evangelism, Education and Economic Development.
WHO ARE WE ?
Exodus Vision is a 501 (c) (3) Christian non-profit founded in March 2007. For the last 12 years, we have been sending missionary teams to Africa, mainly for training hundreds of rural and refugee pastors and for supporting various church projects.
Our mission is to equip African churches for Evangelism, Education and Economic Development. Our vision was inspired by the story in the book of Exodus that describes the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land. As God told Moses near the burning bush, we believe that God has seen the misery of his people in Africa. He has heard them crying out, and He is concerned about their suffering.
Our founder and president, Faustin Uzabakiliho, received this message from God after he had miraculously escaped from the ravages of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. His deliverance from being a victim of the violence convinced him that God had a purpose in sparing his life. This life purpose resulted in the visioning and forming of Exodus Vision that has returned him to Africa to work with refugees and rural pastors.
For more than a decade, we have seen God do great things through our ministry. Every summer, pastors from different denominational backgrounds come together as one body under the umbrella of Exodus Vision’s teaching team to receive biblically-based pastoral training. This has reinforced unity among pastors who would otherwise not experience this fellowship.
Pastors have not only been equipped during our summer conferences but also encouraged to do follow-up training using the “training trainers” strategy, as Paul taught in 2 Timothy 2:2. By investing in and partnering with our key pastors, we are watching a ripple effect take place in many African churches and communities.
After training many pastors in Malawi, Zambia, Burundi, and Rwanda, our board has felt the need to shift our focus from the African Great Lakes region to Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, where the average income is less than $1 per day.
In order to fulfill its mandate, Exodus Vision has chosen 3 main objectives:
1. Evangelism: We are called to work alongside African pastors as they strive to follow Jesus’ Great Commission. We partner with them prayerfully and financially as they go, teach, and baptize in the process of making disciples. One of our partners holds evangelistic crusades in highly Islamic communities. We have equipped a number of our pastors with video projection equipment with which they have shown the Jesus film with phenomenal response. Many churches are being planted as a result of showing this film in the various languages of Malawi.
2. Education: For a long time missions experts have described African Christianity as being a mile wide and an inch deep. Eighty percent of pastors in Africa, including those in Malawi, have no Bible school or seminary education. We have designed an extensive curriculum of courses developed by our seminary-trained teachers to serve as an educational foundation for many of these pastors. Every summer for twelve years, we have led conferences in Malawi and, on occasion, in Zambia, Burundi and Rwanda, teaching these courses. They are taught in English with translation into the native languages of Malawi and Rwanda. Pastors have especially appreciated written course materials translated into their own languages, since there is such a scarcity of such study resources. This has led us to develop the pastoral training conferences with a long-term goal of these pastors taking our materials and courses to train other pastors. In addition, we are beginning a focus on Bible-based secondary schooling, teaching young men and women to love Jesus and to prepare for a lifetime of serving him in their culture.
3. Economic Development: Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 80% of its population depends on agriculture for survival. For the last 3 years, the country has been vulnerable to unpredictable weather patterns that have produced floods, followed by long dry seasons. Our objective is to provide material support for pastors and church members to grow their own crops so they can become, to a large degree, self-sustaining. Along with this objective, we also provide emergency funding of food sources to alleviate famine conditions in local populations. At Exodus Vision, we believe that love must be practical. God has been using our ministry to support self-initiated church projects that would help local churches and communities in different regions of Malawi.
Today, the mission field is undergoing a major paradigm shift. Our world is changing daily as a result of increased technology and migration. Consequently, we have chosen to adopt a different approach to missions by incorporating immigrants among our African partners.
Out of 3.4 million internally displaced people in Africa, 45,000 live in Malawi as refugees and asylum seekers (UNHCR, 2019). Some of our partners in Malawi are pastors who fled from Rwanda, Burundi and Congo. God has been using them to plant churches in various districts of Malawi.
Another group of pastors who partner with us come from rural areas of Malawi; these are the ones the Bible would refer to as “the least of these". Many of these pastors barely have the minimum necessary to make ends meet. Some of them can hardly afford to buy a Bible. A Bible in Malawi costs $12, which is equivalent to a twelve-day wage for a Malawian citizen in a rural village.
The historical impact of Exodus Vision continues to be far reaching. This year we supplied 70 rural pastors in northern Malawi with seed and fertilizer with which to grow their own crops. Some communities have benefited from the four wells we dug in rural villages, and this coming year, 200 Malawian youth will be registered in a Christian boarding school. The plan is to ultimately bring this number to 480 young people receiving a quality, Christ-centered secondary education.
We are trusting God to provide the monies we need to finance these projects. We believe that through several new funding partners we will be able to expand our impact in this needy and worthy area of the world. We have found the people who live in Malawi to respond well to being trusted with resources. They work diligently, with high integrity and amazing generosity. We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting endeavor.