The goal of Mission Africa is to shine a light of hope in African communities riddled with poverty and despair through educational projects, spiritual support and health care.
Mission Africa arose from the desire of Mountain View Lutheran Church member, Victor Jakpor, to return to his native Nigeria to make a difference in the lives of the people in a city from which he had been absent for almost twenty years.
Victor was raised the son of a Sapele, Nigeria chief who operated a rubber plantation. He insisted that his children receive a good education so he sent Victor to the United States for college. Shortly after Victor arrived in the States, his father died. Although he stayed in the US, Victor never forgot his friends, family, and countrymen in Nigeria. In the spring of 2006, Christ called to Victor during an ELCA presentation on world hunger at Mountain View. It was time to make a difference in Africa, and Mission Africa was born.