The African Digital Youth Faith Influencers (ADYFI) is part of a global initiative that seeks to evangelize digital peripheries. We have been involved in this initiative since March 21. We are digital media missionaries, using all available social media platforms to connect with others spiritually. We reflect on daily Bible readings and engage on issues affecting the continent.
Participation in the World Youth Day in Lisbon
Representatives from ADYFI joined other young people as the world marked the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) that was marked from August 1-6 in Lisbon, Portugal. On the sidelines of the main WYD celebrations, the young digital faith influencers from Africa held a get-together to exchange pleasantries and to celebrate their cultures. The meeting in Lisbon was their first face to face interaction.
Small Christian Communities
Youths meet in their Small Christian Communities (SCCs) to reflect on the word of God. SCCs (a new way of being Church have been embraced by) the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa where they have taken root. Today, our young people are making SCCs a continental initiative.
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Digital Faith Influencers Training and the African Summit
Everything is set for the January training aimed at equipping our digital faith influencers with tools to become digital disciples. The six-month training will see selected participants engage with renowned Theologians and other scholars in the Church. From the Vatican, Dr. Paolo Ruffini will be part of those who will be facilitating the training.
The training will have seven modules including: Formation on Theology, Theories and Application of African Palaver and the Synodal Process; Christus Vivit, Social Teachings of the Church, Transformational Leadership, Spiritual Maturity, the Church as The family of God, and the Practical Implementation of the Digital Faith.
It will be hosted by Sacred Heart University in Gulu, Uganda, Peaceland University in Enugu, Nigeria, Catholic University of Zambia, and the ITCCJ of the Jesuits in Abidjan. Others are the Dicastery for Communications and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The instructors will be African Theologians, Tim Hogan who is deeply immersed in digital evangelization, Ruffini, and Msgr. Luchio. We wish to form the youths towards becoming mature leaders with the view of using the digital space for evangelization. We’ll then have a physical African Summit for the award of the certificates.
Anniversary: One-year post Pope-Francis Encounter with Africa Youths
This event has been slated for November 4. In Africa, every event is a moment of celebration. We will be celebrating all our achievements and the young Africans’ persistence. It is a moment to plan for the next year, for us to achieve more than the milestones we have already achieved. We’ll have representatives from Latin America, the Vatican, and delegates from Asia. Asia is the continent we handed the button for after we had our own conversations with the Holy Father.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.