EQUIPPING THE CHURCH

SIM’s West Africa Missions Office partners with churches to send workers who are qualified and equipped for cross-cultural missions all over the world, training them to make disciples of Jesus in communities where He is least known. Our goal is to mobilize prayer, people, and churches in West Africa to send out West African missionaries, and strengthen their prayer and financial support through productive partnerships

Ministry Objectives:

  • Empower five cross-cultural mission mobilizers in each West African country
  • Collaborate with like-minded organizations, developing at least one partnership in each West African country
  • Ensure adequate prayer and financial support for the missionaries by putting in place a prayer team per West African country that meets at least once a week
  • Mobilize, motivate and equip at least five local churches and ministries in West Africa to go into global missions

Communities where He is least known

The Soninke

Three-quarters of the Soninke in Côte d’Ivoire practice their traditional ethnic religion. They are primarily animists, who believe that a spirit or force resides in every animate and inanimate object. They live in fear of evil spirits and constantly strive to appease them. The remaining one-quarter of the Soninke are Sunni Muslims, following the teachings of Mohammed. They faithfully adhere to the five essential “pillars,” or duties, of Islam. These include affirming that “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet,” praying five times a day while facing Mecca, giving alms generously, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and making at least one pilgrimage to Mecca, if possible.

The Soninke live primarily along the northern border of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as in Mali and Burkina Faso. Among all the Soninke in Côte d’Ivoire are only a few known Christians. Those who follow Jesus are severely persecuted; therefore, evangelizing is extremely difficult. Most Soninke have not yet heard a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

PRAYERS

1.

Pray for the leaders of the West Africa Missions Office board and the local leadership.

2.

Pray for workers at the West Africa Missions Office to have adequate resources to continue with their ministries.

3.

Pray for the Lord to call missionaries from West Africa who will have an impact on the world for Him.

5.

Pray for mobilizer teams to find creative ways to mobilize the Church in West Africa to support missionaries in prayer and with finances.

6.

Pray for personnel for the many administrative tasks in the office.

4.

Pray for God to provide mentors for our candidates going through the training process, and also for our active missionaries.

Interested in serving with the SIM West Africa Missions Office?

Complete the form below, and a member of our team will reach out to learn more about you, answer your questions, and discuss next steps as you explore serving with SIM.

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Please note that SIM missionaries raise financial support. We trust God to provide and we will assist you in the support raising process! If this is a concern for you, our recruitment team will be happy to discuss this process with you further.