Since January 2002, we have been working in the Ivory Coast in association with the Fundamental Baptist Church in the city of Anyama (established in 1994 by missionary Tom Vineyard). Churches have been started from that work in six nearby towns and villages. Margie works in the deaf ministry in the Anyama church. Bob preaches there occasionally, but his main ministry is planting churches in the villages of Donkoi, Irfa, Akongokoi and Abbe.
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) is a mixture of numerous tribal groups that have been formed into a French-speaking republic. The country received its independence from France in 1960. Anyama is a working-class suburb of the main city of Abidjan, with about 50,000 people. The country is split between Catholics, Muslims and animists (native occult religions). In the cities, many adults have at least a grade-school education and can usually read French, but in the villages some adults speak only the native languages. Polygamy and fornication are widespread, family structures are very confused, and it is estimated that 5% of the population is HIV positive. The country recently emerged from ten years of civil war and division.