The Charis Alliance entered the central Africa region in 1918, persevering through tremendous physical and spiritual obstacles before enjoying the fruit of their labors. Initially, churches were added one by one until local leaders were trained and assumed responsibility for fostering a church multiplication movement. By the time colonial powers granted independence in the region, Charis Alliance churches were firmly established in the Central African Republic and Chad (1960). Migration to neighboring Cameroon resulted in the formation of dozens of churches, which were formally recognized in 2003. Africans are also carrying the Good News of Jesus Christ into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (1987), Republic of Congo (1998), Nigeria (2005), and Sudan (2009).
Currently in Africa there are more than 3000 churches associated with the Charis Alliance, and hundreds of Points of Light. Africans are leading the way in recruiting, training, and deploying church planters. And they contribute a rich legacy to the Charis Alliance of sacrifice, joy during suffering, evangelistic passion, and a commitment to holistic ministry.