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The mission of the DACB is to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories--from oral and written sources--integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.
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Protestantism has changed in 500 years!

From the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (Gordon-Conwell):

For several centuries the Protestant movement was based in Europe, and then North America. In 2017 there are 560 million Protestants found in nearly all the world’s 234 countries. Of these 560 million, only 16% are in Europe, but 41% are in Africa. We anticipate by 2050, 53% of all Protestants will live in Africa. Download the free infographic from the CSGC here.

Resources for Research: Newly Redesigned Website for Old & New in Shona at Boston University

The website is the fruit of about 6 years of work by graduate students from the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at BU who scanned roughly 1,200 of Dr. Inus Daneel’s photographs of life among the AICs and Traditionalists from the 1960s on. Here is a sample 4-minute audio slide narrated by Daneel:

Moderator John Gatu Dies at Age 95

Gatu died on May 11, 2017 a few weeks after his autobiography Fan Into Flame was published. He was a veteran Kenyan Presbyterian Pastor, Revivalist, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, Counselor, Poet, and Orator. His funeral will be held Friday, May 19, 2017. (from J. N. K. Mugambi)

The April 2017 Issue of the Journal of African Christian Biography is on Aladura Trailblazers from Nigeria and John Gatu and the Moratorium Debate. The issue can be accessed here.    

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