The Global South:  Ever Heard of Lafricasia?

Despite what it may sound like, Lafricasia is not a disease. Instead, it is a term that describes the location of the world’s most Christianized area – Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Over the next 20 years, these continents will contain the largest Christian communities in the world.

In the 1900s, Africa had 10 million Christians and by 2000 that number had grown to 360 million.  This marks the largest quantitative religious shift in world history. Soon, Westerners will only account for 1 out of every 5 or 6 of all the Christians in the world. Statistically, the projected growth of the global Christian population over the next 20 years by continent is:

• 633 Million Christians in Africa
• 640 million Christians in Latin America
• 460 million Christians in Asia
• 555 million Christians in Europe

With this shift in mind, here is another question: what do you picture when you think of an average Christian?   If you are like me, you may think of an older white person, most likely an American. Today, when asked their perspective of the average “look” of a Christian, most people would probably list these characteristics: white, Western, male, around the age of 48. Those characteristics are exactly right – if you are living in the year 1907!  However, in the present, the movement of Christianity has shifted to what is called the Global South, also known as Lafricasia. In order to describe the “average” believer today, it would be more accurate to say: black, African, female around the age of 28!  By 2100 it is estimated that 3 out of 4 Christians will be living in the Global South.

(Excerpt taken from The Traveling Team)


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