The route we plan on taking in order to achieve this vision is this. We plan to plant local churches in Sassandra near the prison and in the neighboring villages. There, we will work with the church and in the prison and with the families of the prisoners who come to help their men. Our goal is to have Bible studies in the prison, getting the prisoners saved and growing. We also plan on hold children’s classes in the villages surrounding Sassandra; in the long run, possibly even opening an orphanage or children’s home. Out of the prison and children’s ministries and local churches, we pray that God will save and raise up men and women who can carry on and take over these ministries and also spread the gospel back to their villages and towns. Some of those in the prison are even from other countries. We will very likely also work on learning a local tribal language while in Sassandra. This will enable us to minister at a deeper level than speaking only French. The mother tongue is a powerful tool to reach the hearts of people. In Côte d’Ivoire there are somewhere around 78 different languages.
Our plan is to move to the port town of Sassandra, Côte d’Ivoire and plant a church there. Through that church-plant, we intend to start a prison ministry where we will feed and evangelize the inmates. After men receive Christ, we will have Bible school classes inside the prison to disciple and train these new converts, with the goal the they will be pastors and missionaries to the other cities and African countries from which they originated upon their release. We also intend to begin a children’s ministry for the many local children who have never heard the Gospel. Our long-term goal is to replicate this church-planting and prison ministry in every city in Côte d’Ivoire that has a prison, and eventually to move into the more northern countries where Islam is prevalent.