Hi friends and family!
I am SO excited to be sharing this news with you: This summer, I’ll have the opportunity to go to the African nation of Wakanda to help cultivate an atmosphere of love. I’ll be doing this by partnering with the organization #ColonizersforWakanda to build an elementary school in the region! It’s going to be amazing, but I (and the Wakandans) need your help.
Wakanda is a central African nation in tense political upheaval and violent inter-tribal conflict. Brother fights against brother, women are forced to shave their heads and wage battle alongside the men—the spears are twice as tall as they are—and the children are kept in labs where they make shoes and build weapons to fuel the war effort. My heart breaks for these people. This place needs Jesus.
#ColonizersforWakanda is choosing to serve this disadvantaged community by starting at the foundation of their problems: education. These people don’t even speak English! By offering a standardized curriculum focused on math and science, we can give Wakandans a bedrock upon which they can build a more civilized society. I really believe God has a vision for these people, and luckily, you can join me in taking part in that!
It will cost $89,000 for me to travel to Wakanda. That’s not an easy sum to pull together. Through my own grassroots efforts (car washes, iced tea stands, craigslist adventures) I’ve pulled together $113 on my own. Still a long way to go! How you can support:
- Pray for us. Totally understand if you’re not in a position to give; you can still help! By keeping #ColonizersforWakanda in your thoughts and prayers. We’ll be in an unpredictable and potentially hostile situation. That can make a difference!
- Contribute financially. I have just $88,887 left until I meet my goal. Please consider donating! Your money will go to things like: matching group T-shirts for #ColonizersforWakanda, custom visors and water bottles, sticker books we can pass out to the kids, backup phone chargers and 14 selfie sticks. Donating also means you’ll be recognized in our Thank You video!
I’ll need all the funds raised by next Saturday if we want to make this happen and make a difference for Wakanda. So pumped to be including all of you on this journey! I hope the Lord is bringing as many blessings to your lives as He is to mine!
Jesus is my BFF,
Wakanda is not a real country in Africa. It’s actually the setting of Marvel’s hit movie “Black Panther.” Among the many important conversations this film brings to the fore, RELEVANT saw an opportunity to highlight in a satirical way some of the ways that colonialism has (and continues to some degree) to influence Western missions.
We know that the humor was lost on some, and for others the very real pain that surrounds the relationship between the church, colonialism and world missions is too great to warrant laughter. We don’t use humor in this article because we think that particular history is funny, but because sometimes comedy helps us broach uncomfortable truths that we would otherwise avoid. Our intention is to use humor to highlight some of the problems that we think the movie is also pointing to.
Tyler Daswick is a senior writer at Relevant. Follow him on Twitter @tylerdaswick.