Africa's 'Christian' population on rise

But will tribal rituals be overcome by the Gospel?

Africa, the "dark continent" to which American Christians shipped missionary after missionary during the 20th Century, now features 40 percent of the Nigerian population among the rolls of Christians, according to the CIA Factbook.

Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk's Operation World reports Uganda is 88 percent Christian and Kenya is about 78 percent Christian.

Missions analysts at the Free Methodist Church of North America say their African churches are the fastest growing in their denomination and the largest Anglican province in the world is in Nigeria.

But Jonathan Bonk, director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn., says the key is how Christian is defined.

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The Christianization of any people is a process. It takes generations for the message to begin to be understood in its proper context.

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