Our teams in West Africa are church planting, training others to do ministry, providing medical care, running schools, and using business to do ministry.
We work in four different countries in West Africa. The work spans many people groups and languages, takes place in rural and urban settings, and ranges from education as mission to business as mission to evangelism and church planting.
The nations in this region are hot cultures, meaning relationships are incredibly important, people are always more important than systems, and goals are achieved through relationships. If someone is joining this team from a western culture, they will be confronted with a huge difference in systems, their definition of efficiency will not be the norm.
Current ministries include sewing and handcraft outreach to women, running a Christian elementary school, outreach to prisoners and beggar children, evangelism to villages using the Jesus Film, partnership with a network of African churches and evangelists, and a cheese making business. Villages that previously have had no churches now have disciples; indigenous churches are reaching out from cities to more isolated areas. Muslim families are meeting Christians for the first time through educational opportunities. Women are being reached through sewing groups and hairdressing. The Sahelian region of West Africa is not an area for the faint-hearted. Militant insurgencies have destabilized some areas and safety for our staff is a top priority. Nonetheless, serving in the cities and supporting national believers is an incredible privilege and blessing. The teams here are doing exciting work and are looking for serious, long-term workers to join them.
Ways to Serve
Join Our West Africa Teams
Anyone joining these teams long-term will need to know French. Arriving with a good working knowledge of French is very valuable. Specific areas also have very sensitive security situations, so anyone interested in working in those locations would need to discuss extensively with the field and team leaders. All long-term workers must complete training at one of World Horizons’ training locations before joining a team. Once on the field, new team members spend the first two years of their time on the field focused on language learning. During this time, new team members will also be involved with other ministries established by the long-term team. Whichever country new members join, they will focus from the beginning on befriending other Christians and getting to know non-Christians through the teams’ ministries. It’s very important for new team members to be flexible and to come as learners.
If you’re interested in learning more about our teams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.