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The word "moratorium" was used for the first time in relation to mission at the conference of the All African Council of Churches in Lusaka (1974). In an effort to come to more mature relations between churches in Africa and churches in Europe and North America the proposal was made to suspend for a certain time all financial and personal assistance coming from churches outside Africa. The desire for independence and self-reliance, the emphasis on the necessity to respond directly to the challenges of the African context and a strong reaction against paternalistic structures formed the background of this call for a moratorium. The call has not found general acceptance and it has not directly influenced the relations between Mennonite churches in Africa and other continents.


International Review of Mission 64, no. 254 Geneva (April 1975): sp. issue on Moratorium.

Author(s) Robert S Kreider
Date Published 1987

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