The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire is located on the Western coast of Africa and is slightly larger than New Mexico. French is the official language, but Djoula is the most widely spoken of the 60 native dialects. Once hailed as a model of stability, Ivory Coast recently slipped into the kind of internal political upheaval that has plagued so many African countries. Religions are a mix of Christianity, Islam and traditional beliefs involving ancestor worship and magic.
The team serves through a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) ministry to mothers, children and people living with HIV/AIDS through the renowned PIM Clinic and maternity in Abengourou. Muslim Bible story-telling groups and child sponsorship are just a few of the many programs centered around the clinic work designed to holistically reach the population of Abengourou and surrounding villages. The team also works to see a transformational church-planting movement grow among the people of West Africa. Working with national partner churches, team members plant disciple-making churches and train leaders in pastoral ministry to reach out with the love of Jesus Christ to both animistic and Muslim people groups.