You Shall Be My Witnesses
Author Country :Tanzania
Genre Type :True Story
Location :Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Year of Publication :NULL/
Sub Theme :Bible, Laity, Synod, Theology, Traveling, Vocation, Witness/
Author Name :Father Joseph Healey, M.M./
Author City :Dar es Salaam
The missionary call is
portrayed in a Swahili poster that celebrated World Mission Sunday in East
Africa on 20 October, 1991. The poster uses Acts: 1:8, the Scriptural
theme of the 1994 African Synod, with YOU in bold, colorful letters
followed by the words… SHALL BE MY WITNESSES. The drawing shows a
mixed group of Tanzanians (men and women, laity, priests and religious) at a
crossroads with three possible roads. A few people take the road to other parts
of Tanzania. A few take the road marked with one sign saying
"Congo/Zambia/Namibia" and another sign saying "Sudan/Ethiopia/Libya/Somalia."
A few take the road marked with a sign saying "America/Europe/Asia/Australia."
are answering the missionary call through different vocational charismas and
through going to different parts of the world. This poster is an example of
African Symbolic Theology. Acts 1:8 can be re-written to echo Jesus’
challenge to Tanzanians today: "You shall be my witnesses in Dar es Salaam, in
all of Tanzania and East Africa and to the ends of the earth."