Mike and Heather McAfree have plans for putting wings on their vision to reach Abidjan with the gospel.
This sprawling West African city, getting on its feet again after a decade of war and turmoil, is not an easy fix. As the economic capital of Ivory Coast, more than 6 million people and 60 indigenous language groups live there.
"And that's not counting the immigrants who come from other countries such as Burkina Faso, Liberia, Ghana, or Mali," Mike says. But help has come through United States churches committed to sharing this task. The McAfees envision partnering Southern Baptist congregations in the US with local Abidjan churches.
"They would go into areas of the city that do not have a Baptist presence and work together in evangelizing, reaching out to the community, telling (Bible) stories...to start small groups that will eventually become churches," Mike explains. In July of 2013, Valley Baptist Church in Searcy, Arkansas, sent a team to explore partnering in this effort. Valley Baptist is now working with a local congregation to plant a church in the Attecouble area of Abidjan.
"Our vision is to encourage our pastors (here) to look outward where God is working in people's lives and see if we can't go there and start planting churches," Mike says.
Ivory Coast is the country of focus for 2014 International Mission Study by Woman's Missionary Union. Go to wmu.com/IMS
Pray - for the McAfees as they tell the story of Jesus to the people of Abidjan and for US churches sharing in this task.
Pray - for churches to be planted in every corner of Abidjan.
Posted on Mon, December 1, 2014
by Donna Shiflett