OHI Deepens Relationship with Amahoro Africa
On May 27-31 OHI was honored to be a participant and co-sponsor of the 6th annual Amahoro Africa Gathering. This year’s gathering was held in Entebbe, Uganda, and was attended by over 100 indigenous church and civil society leaders from all over Central East Africa and Southern Africa. There were also about 20 people in attendance from America, Europe and other countries. The main topic of discussion at this year’s gathering was politics and the Kingdom of God. OHI team members Greg Leffel and Billy Kenney were in attendance at the gathering. Billy is currently serving as the Executive Director of Amahoro USA, which supports Amahoro Africa and helps to build relationships between Americans and the work in Africa. He also serves on the governing board of Amahoro Africa.
Amahoro Africa is a growing movement of church and civil society leaders seeking to promote indigenous -African leadership that is focused on integral mission. The annual Amahoro Africa gathering is a central part of this work, and serves to help inform, connect and build networks among people doing innovative progressively oriented work in a broad array of areas related to Christian mission and development. OHI is proud to be a long-time supporter and participant in this work, and believes Amahoro has tremendous potential to help positively transform the paradigm for western involvement in Africa. To find out more about the work of Amahoro Africa please visit the new website here.
OHI Unveils New Amahoro Website
At this year’s annual Amahoro Africa Gathering OHI was honored to be able to introduce the new Amahoro Africa website, that was funded by OHI and created in consultation with the leadership of Amahoro Africa. We want to thank Pablo Otaola of StepStone Designs for his excellent work in designing and building what we believe is a beautiful and functional site that does a great job of telling the Amahoro Africa story. We also owe many thanks to Travis Reed of The Work of the People, who did an amazing job of creating most of the video content for the site. Our work with Travis on this website project is the formal beginning of what we hope will be a very long and productive relationship with The Work of the People. Billy Kenney of OHI was the project manager for the development of the website, and coordinated the efforts between all of the different parties involved in building the site.
One of the key features of the new site is a blog that allows the different Amahoro cohort groups around Africa to share insights ask questions and give others real-time updates about what is happening in their own contexts. It also allows Amahoro friends and members from outside of Africa to remain connected to the ongoing conversation and share about what is happening in their own countries. Very soon OHI plans to launch a local “Lexington Cohort” of Amahoro that we’re hoping will be a way for African expatriates and refugees in our own city to connect with the ongoing work in Africa, as well as be a space to introduce and welcome Americans to participate in this work.