John Walters (far left) and Jim Lyon (far right) with Radio Continental Convention attendees.
By John Walters
Côte d’Ivoire, formerly known as the Ivory Coast, is a French-speaking nation of over 23 million people. Nestled among 25 other French-speaking countries of West Africa, nearly 50 percent of its population is 25 years of age or younger. Although contributing factors to this discrepancy in demographic include HIV, AIDS, and war, this huge younger class is maturing and bringing a vibrancy and energy into the social fabric of Côte d’Ivoire that has great potential for the future. Continue reading
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Tagged CBH French, Christians Broadcasting Hope, Ivory Coast, Jim Lyon, John Walters, language broadcast, People to People, radio, testimony, West Africa
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
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