One of the first regions our pioneer workers began serving in was West Africa in the 1980s. They sought to support the mobilization of the African church to the least reached.
Currently, our teams serve in three nations across this region, including Burkina Faso. In this new season of ministry, they are focusing on partnering with local churches and mission movements to witness to people groups with little or no access to the gospel. Whilst the Christian faith has spread to many of the West African nations, Islam is still the largest religion in over half of them; more than 140 million people are from people groups that have yet to hear about Jesus.
Increased security risks across the Sahel in recent years have brought their own challenges, but God is moving powerfully, and new churches continue to be planted and existing ones strengthened.
Mission in West Africa requires a holistic approach. The huge needs of the people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds need to be prayerfully, lovingly and sustainably met, but the primary goal of sharing the gospel in ways local people can understand, remains.
As individuals are transformed by God’s love, they are able to hear from Him for themselves. In turn, they discover godly solutions to transform their own communities and reach their neighbors. All our ministries are looking for people to help. If you are interested in serving with us or would like to find out more, please let us know.
Join Our Teams in West Africa
Our teams in West Africa receive those that want to join them on a long-term placement. Prior to going to the field, new team members must complete one of our long-term training programs. Once on the field, they generally spend their first two years focused on language learning while engaging in ministries established by the long-term team. Whichever country new members join, they will focus from the beginning on encouraging local Christians and getting to know non-Christians through the team’s ministries.