The Fulfulde of Benin are primarily nomadic shepherds and their lives revolve around their herds. Ninety-seven percent Muslim, the Fulfulde feel fear is a sign of weakness, yet they fear being alone or disliked. They tend to hide their feelings and only express love and a need for others through songs. Workers Needed: Two units to pioneer the work among this tribe. Health, development, or other traditional platforms could provide an entry point to these people. Someone with a love of and skill in music may be able to reach these people with Christ’s love.
The largest refugee group in the country, Somalians live in refugee complexes containing thousands and thousands of people. They are poor, lack rights, and have urgent basic needs. Approximately 4.6 million of these people live in harsh conditions in southeastern Ethiopia and could be open to learning about something better than what they now possess. Workers Needed: Two units to help provide health education or medical services while sharing the love of Christ through their lifestyle and friendship.
Guinea’s rich deposits of diamonds and gold contrast sharply with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Almost 2.5 million Fulani migrated to this country from Senegal and now form the largest people group in Guinea. These polygamist “Guardians of Islam” are mostly herders, farmers, tradesmen, and craftsmen. Workers Needed: Two units to start a cross-cultural church among the Fulani in some large urban center before training new believers to plant churches in the Fouta Djalon mountains in southeastern Guinea.
This second largest people group in Guinea make their living as farmers, miners, and merchants. Patriarchal and polygamist, their society is known for its ingenuity and leadership. The Maninka value honesty, logical thinking, and the ability to speak in public; however, they are very suspicious and men avoid close personal relationships. Maninka Islam approves of divination, healing, and certain magical procedures. Fear plays a large part in their spiritual lives. Workers Needed: Two units with practical skills such as simple medical treatments, construction know-how, mechanical and/or farming techniques will break down prejudice and open the way to soul-winning.
The Malinke people are mostly farmers living in small rural villages. Patriarchal and polygamist, they mingle divination, healing, and magic with their Muslim traditions. The AFM project is located in the large village of Kangaba where a small group of believers, an official company, has been established. Cultural research is already completed and Bible lessons are written. Workers Needed: One unit to join another family. After language learning (Bambara), the missionaries will test the Bible lessons among the people then move right into the evangelism phase and develop this group of believers. People persons with basic medical knowledge for a band aid clinic, agricultural skills, educational skills for literacy development, or business skills for small business development would help meet the needs of the Malinke and bring them to a knowledge of God and His care for them.
The largest ethnic group in Desert Garden, the Maghreb are descended from nomadic peoples of North Africa. A lighter-skinned subgroup occupies most of the government positions or work in the industrial sector. The darker Maghreb people are their servants. The mixed-race Maghreb people raise animals and work in agriculture. More liberated than Middle-eastern Muslims, Maghreb women are free to drive cars and own businesses. Workers needed: Two units with a heart for church planting are needed to work among and reach out to Maghreb people through friendship evangelism and health education.
Over 90% of the population of Niger lives in the fertile southwest corner of the country near the capital, Niamey. Numbering twenty-six million in southern Niger and northern Nigeria, many of the hospitable Hausa live in rural farm villages with populations ranging from 2,000 to 12,000. These economic kin-based units live under the authority of the male head of the household, most of whom are farmers or shepherds, and their women are secluded. Markets are a traditional part of their society, economically and socially. Workers Needed: Two units to provide health education, medical care, and agriculturally-sustainable farming methods. Both men and women are needed to labor among the male and female populations in this French-speaking country.
Must speak Portuguese.
Be a Bible worker and youth evangelist, assisting and strengthening the evangelistic efforts of 13 SDA churches and branch Sabbath schools. You will have the opportunity to lead Pathfinders, assist in youth ministry, and give Bible studies to members of a variety of other faiths including Catholicism, Hinduism, and Animism.
Use your gifts to connect and mentor children at a local children’s center. You will assist with Pathfinders and children’s Sabbath Schools and generally be a Christian role model to the local youth. If you are musical, there is an opportunity to teach a variety of instruments.
Make learning interesting and engaging for a 13-year-old boy in a homeschool setting 5-6 hours per day. Outside of tutoring hours, you will connect with and demonstrate a Christ-centered life to those you meet and study French or the local language.
Work hand-in-hand with your career missionary to reach a remote, nomadic tribe for Christ. Many avenues of outreach are available, from health/prenatal care or veterinary work to children’s ministry and literacy. Use your skills to develop friendships with the local people and share God’s love with them. Will study the French language.
Use your training to reach the nationals for Christ by working in a local medical clinic and participating in medical evangelism. You will have the opportunity to conduct health seminars and point people to healthy Christ-like living. Will study French and the local language.