Singing the Gospel in Côte d’Ivoire
Edmond Assamoi directs the choir at a recently opened United Methodist church outside Agboville, Côte d'Ivoire. The church is so new that it has not yet been named. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Exuberant worship, passionate prayer and unflagging ministry with all people — these are some of the ways the church in Côte d’Ivoire is drawing new people to Christ.
West Africa is one of the few regions where The United Methodist Church has seen consistent growth, and United Methodists in Côte d’Ivoire are a significant part of that.
Since officially joining the United Methodist fold in 2008, the church in Côte d’Ivoire has expanded from about 700,000 members to more than 1.3 million. In this country where slightly over a third of the population is Christian, building a church is an act of evangelism.
The church’s gains have come even as the country itself has struggled with recent civil strife and the growing pains of development.
“The most important thing to me is to be part of a big family — the family of Christ Jesus — and the big mission that John Wesley started,” said the conference’s Bishop Benjamin Boni.
Read the UMNS special report on The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire.
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