African conference advocates Bible as problem-solver

“Hundreds pray for African Union summit” Ekklesia. January 28, 2011.

Hundreds of church leaders, politicians, and charity workers gathered in Ethiopia [January 27] to pray for the African Union Summit [scheduled to start on January 31].

Prayers were said for the success of the AU in tackling some of Africa’s major issues, including conflict, corruption, and poverty. The move comes amid heightened tensions in Tunisia and Egypt, and following disputed elections in the Ivory Coast.

The prayers came at the start of the African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) in the capital Addis Ababa, organized by the Bible Society. The three-day conference brought 200 church leaders, NGO workers, and politicians from around the world. The aim of the event is to see how the Bible can help tackle Africa’s key problems: conflict, poverty, and corruption.

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