Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Violation of "Civil Rights" is deeply rooted in the Transporting of Slaves from Africa to the United States

The discussion on the concept of Jubilee and the Abolition of 'Slavery to Freedom' wound not be complete without the inclusion of Africa, the place where the history of African Americans began

Africa was the seat of civilization, a continent with an array of vast empires. Among its inhabitants were a myriad of people with a plethora of gifts and talents. Such as prophets, teachers, business men and commerce icons. Many leaders in Africa had distinguished themselves with visionary acuity, knowledge, wisdom, prowess and highly skilled attributes.These established empires were known to have maintained their respective prominence by becoming aggressive traders in the wide world and by expanding their territories through deliberate maneuver of conquest in faraway lands of cities.

In their quest to seek and do successful commerce albeit sometimes in the midst of the throes of wars the African people began a migratory process that led them away from their original regions. Which resulted in an eventual spawn of powerful Kingdoms especially in West Africa, Ghana, Mali, Songhay, and the Mossi States who are among the most notable.

Ghana dates back to the seventh century. It was comprised of a major well-organized empire, which possessed effective  systems of democracy. Its vast riches came from an abundance of gold, a lively slave trade, mining, farming, and artistry. But due to later internal strife, invasions from neighboring rival states and severe climate changes caused Ghana to decline and fall in the 13th century.

Entering The Period of the "Diaspora"
It is significant to examine the African culture and trace the Diaspora from Africa to the Western Hemisphere because it provides a fuller clearer understanding with respects to the importance and proclivities of Jubilee. It also provide an historical link and cultural. identity to the people we now know as African Americans.

Most of the Africans who were enslaved in the United States came from the western part of Africa. Many from the area near seacoast, from Senegal River in the north to the area which is now known as Angola, Others came from Zaikre, Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sudan. Among the ethnic groups were the Wolof, Mandingo, Bambara, and Yoruba. There was a large population of Muslims, as well as the Akan, Kru, Ibo, and various Kongo people.

Since the beginning, African slaves worked without pay, grueling and inhumane conditions, no freedom of movement, family disruption and separation. In many instances ties to tribes, language, education, religion, and culture all yielded to the necessities of American Slavery and post slavery "Jim Crow' laws. No state in the union had been immune from the practice of involuntary servitude. It took a "Civil War" from 1861 through 1865 (4 years) to free slaves from permanent bondage in the United States of America.
For more details see: "The Alleged Curse on Ham by Gene Rice

History records: Approximately 9.56 million Africans survived the "Middle Passage"and were enslaved in the Western Hemisphere-trip from Africa to West Indies and South America

Estimated Slave imports into the Americas (1451-1870)
~British North America 339.000
~Spanish America 1,552,100
~British Caribbean 1,665,000
~French Caribbean 1,600,000
~Dutch Caribbean 500,000
~Brazil 28,000
~Old World 175,000

Totals: 9,566,100

Saturday, August 3, 2013

On-Point Insights: Ministry & Mission:Touching Over 100 Nations

On-Point Insights: Ministry & Mission:Touching Over 100 Nations: This weekend I was honored to meet, greet, the founder, board members and key leaders and tour "Latter Rain Ministries" {LRM} in L...

Ministry & Mission:Touching Over 100 Nations

This weekend I was honored to meet, greet, the founder, board members and key leaders and tour "Latter Rain Ministries" {LRM} in Litchfield, IL.Which afforded both the privilege and the opportunity to inner-act with, share, and exchange ideas-and to provide keen insight for futuristic, cutting edge, innovative initiatives. The LRM facility is situated on 10 acres of land rooted in a sub rural area of down state Illinois in the City of Litchfield.The atmosphere is a boast and the epitome that exude the most majestic splendor and beauty nature has to offer. What with the preservation of great, tall sturdy trees, the presence of scattered shrubs, a vastly prominence of landscape of nature's greenery. Immediately adjacent to the 10 acre site is farmland of "Fields of Corn"-almost ready to harvest, that emits into the environment a fresh scent of oxygen to breathe.

LRM primary  objective is Ministry, Christian Faith Training, and training Mission Practitioner to be deployed for mission & ministry in the USA and Overseas.Such places abroad as, India, Kenya, Sudan, Japan, Mozambique, Russia, Sri Lanka,Burma, Zimbabwe,Thailand, Burundi, Spain, and others part of the world.

The focus of LRM missions:
>International Children's Ministry Institute
>Christian Training Conference
>Global Teachers Summit
>All Nations Worship Center
>Disaster Response Training
>love-in-action-Unity, Harmony and Togetherness

The Litchfield Campus consist of the following:
~Admin Offices
~Book store
~Food prep and dining area
~Meeting rooms and break-out sessions space
~Peer group assembly areas
~Prayer room for meditation and to commune with God in serene atmosphere
~Auditorium, Worship Area and Chapel

The LRM campus was established in 2010, but the organization has been in existence since 1984, where the initial focus was training offered for Christian faith initiatives and mission work for the USA and Overseas.  Most important were to bring people to a faith realization and lead them to accepting faith, repenting and embracing Jesus Christ and the Good News of the Gospel.

The visitation experience was most informative, and the utmost fact finding.for me. The same was expressed
 by LRM Founder, Board Members and Key Leaders.

There is a genuine interest to connect for possible future consultancy and advisory initiatives for:
>Advance Series of  Leadership Training Traits and Attributes
>Development of projects in the genre of Economic & Social Entrepreneurial Programs, to include Marketing Exposure, Capital Campaign Initiatives, Establishing a Speakers Bureau and Writing the Memoirs of the Founder, Pastor Gwen Moffat Davis.

Compiled: Bishop Steve  Braxton, Marketplace Consulting-Unit of Marketplace Outreach Ministries, Inc