Early African American Charismatic Missions and Pentecostal-Charismatic Engagements with the African Motherland
This chapter examines the strategies used by African Americans to evangelize the African motherland from the eighteenth century, focusing on the missionary achievements of two of the largest black Pentecostal denominations in Liberia between 1920 and 1950: the Church of God in Christ and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. It begins with an overview of black Pentecostal missions in the twentieth century before turning to contemporary African American missionary enterprise's engagement of African Christianity. It then explores blockages of the Afro-Pentecostal mission and the impact of mid-century African American Pentecostals on contemporary Afro-Pentecostalism. It also considers the ways in which Pentecostal missions have evolved from a monologue dominated by the American context to a discursive give-and-take between American and African cultures.
Keywords: African Americans, Africa, Liberia, Church of God in Christ, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Pentecostal missions, Afro-Pentecostalism, Christianity