An early member of the church presenting a gift of a photo of the first congregation in Abidjan.
By Carl Stagner
Twenty years ago, the picture of the Church of God in Côte d’Ivoire looked nothing like it does today. Roughly twenty-five individuals, mostly English-speaking immigrant Christians from other African countries outside of French-speaking Côte d’Ivoire, composed the new fellowship. Near the end of November 2017, the Church of God in Côte d’Ivoire celebrated its twentieth anniversary, and the incredible kingdom gains that have taken place approximately twenty-five pastors—and two thousand believers—later. Missionaries Larry and LeAnn Sellers have been there since the beginning and were present at the anniversary. To mark the occasion, we offer the Church of God beyond Côte d’Ivoire a brief look back at how God has been at work over the past two decades in this West African nation, as well as a glimpse of where the ministry is headed. Continue reading
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Tagged Bible training, Burkina Faso, church growth, Cote d'Ivoire, French, IBAO, international, Ivorian, Larry Sellers, leadership development, LeAnn Sellers, Mihsill, West Africa
Editor’s Note: A day after the recent terrorist attack in Côte d’Ivoire, Global Strategy missionaries Larry and LeAnn Sellers wrote the note below to their friends and supporters. The Sellers, along with Global Strategy missionaries Bobby and Jenny Mihsill, are currently working with the rapidly growing Church of God in Côte d’Ivoire, which has eighteen congregations and more than twenty-five cell groups.
About three hours from our home in Yamoussoukro is the lovely colonial beach town of Grand Bassam along Côte d’Ivoire’s coast. Being close to the major city of Abidjan, many persons, both expatriate and Ivorian, go there on the weekends for some recreation and rest from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Through our years, we have gone there on numerous occasions and have taken guests there to enjoy the tropical coast. This past Sunday, there was a terrorist attack in Grand Bassam on the beach in front of three popular hotels. Several heavily armed gunmen began shooting persons along the beachfront, killing fifteen civilians, including a few foreign visitors, and injuring thirty-three others. The majority of the victims were Ivorian. The Ivorian military quickly arrived on the scene, bringing down the gunmen. Three soldiers and three of the gunmen were also killed in the attack. Continue reading
By Linette Tang
Jesus said in John 4:14, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (NLT). Larry and LeAnn Sellers have been missionaries at Côte d’Ivoire for many years now, spreading the gospel of Christ and bringing many people to salvation. Their most recent project involves the building of a well. Continue reading
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Tagged clean water, Cote d'Ivoire, Global Strategy, Ivory Coast, Larry Sellers, LeAnn, Linette Tang, missions, springs, water, well
Photo: Breakthroughs on the Ebola virus continue to elude the medical community and scientific researchers. (stock)
By Carl Stagner
Ebola. The term conjures up images of officials and medical personnel in hazmat suits, stirs up anxiety over news reports of recent fatalities, and triggers fear of the unknown. The world watches anxiously as the virus expands its reach. Though sustained by divine hope, Church of God people are certainly not immune from these concerns. Larry and LeAnn Sellers, missionaries to Côte d’Ivoire, offer an update on the impact of Ebola on the church and community in West Africa. Continue reading
By Larry M. Sellers
When you stop to think about the biblical account of Christ’s birth, there are some incredible details that leave you pondering its validity, yet you recognize God’s amazing orchestration: the idea of angels singing to shepherds, a virgin birth, and a dream instructing Joseph to take Mary and hide out in Egypt. We are not struggling in our faith but merely relooking at the amazing story and how it relates to us today! Thinking of the King of Kings being born in a lowly stable seems a bit unreal. Yet it would appear that God used this lowly place of birth to convey his desire to be in relationship with each one of us. Continue reading