When Marilyn Owusu-Sekyere first heard God tell her that he would send her to a people enslaved by sin, she responded with “I’m not …”: “I’m not a man,” “I’m not married,” “I’m not white.” She thought that all missionaries were men, married, and white because she had never seen someone like her — a single, African American woman — come to her church as a missionary. She didn’t think she was capable or worthy of doing this “crazy thing” God had put on her heart. Three years and ten short-term missions trips later, she embraced God’s purposes for her life and His call to minister to the youth and children of West Africa.
Animism — the belief that objects, places and creatures possess a distinct spiritual essence and that these spiritual powers must be consulted and/or manipulated through ritual to determine and/or influence an appropriate course of action — is the belief system of many indigenous peoples. Animism also plays a part in the everyday life of those who may identify with other major world religions — including Buddhism, Hinduish, Islam, and even Christianity. Here you will find stories of how the message of God's love is impacting animistic unreached people groups and learn how you can be a part of God's work among them.
The Prayercast website provides helpful resources for praying for Animists.
The nation of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa may be similar to first-century Ephesus in its strategic role for reaching surrounding regions with the gospel. With the strategic potential of Côte d’Ivoire, Kevin and Moriah Thompson are currently strategizing to combine their history of dramatic conversions to Christ, training they have received and will continue to receive at the Daloa Basecamp, and tabernacle evangelism to reach the northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire – with a goal of facilitating outreach throughout West Africa.
David and Amy Julian are Assemblies of God missionaries preparing to use healthcare and community development to cross lines. Learn how they plan to use their background and skills in pediatric nursing and innovative sustainable solutions for water drilling and sanitation, heating, etc, along with a strategy suggested by Peter’s message to Cornelius in Acts 10, to break down barriers of resistance to the gospel in remote Papua New Guinea villages.
Poverty, sadness, captivity, mourning, grieving, ashes, and despair were not the end of the story in the lives of Assemblies of God missionaries Kelly and Jenni Conrady. And because of God’s work in their lives and because of His call, those words are not the end of the story for the Garifuna people of Honduras. Read how Jenni and Kelly are uniquely prepared to take the good news of Jesus to the Garifuna and how you can join their team.
Zechariah Cunningham wants to spend his life to spread the glory of Jesus to the nations and contest the outcome of a battle for the souls of the men, women, and children of Tanna Island. As an Assemblies of God missionary associate, Zechariah Cunningham’s experience in youth ministry, water well drilling, and construction make him a perfect fit for the missionary team on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
Mike and Kari Ness are Assemblies of God missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For over 20 years, they have answered God’s call to embrace and bless the children of Africa, to take them into their arms and lead them into God’s blessing, inviting them to relationship with Him. Their vision is to work in partnership with national churches to reach Africa’s next generation, one child at a time.
Dr. Heather Marten is a missionary pediatrician to the nation of Zambia in south-central Africa. As the director of both a local HIV clinic and a rural clinic, a participant in a mobile cervical cancer screening clinic, and the coordinator of a program focused on helping new missionaries discern who they might be involved in compassion ministries in Africa, she uses her knowledge and experience in pediatrics and tropical medicine to bring both spiritual and physical hope and healing to the Zambian people.
Nate Craft had a dream. And he had a plan to reach his dream, a plan to live the life he had always wanted. He was a Division 1 football player at Jacksonville State University. He was a pre-med major with a 4.0 grade point average. He was popular on campus. He was on his way to being happy and successful. God also had a plan. God had a plan for the 92 unreached people groups who live in the jungles of the Amazon Basin which surround the end of the road where the town of Yurimaguas lies in the region of Loreto, Peru. And God had a plan for Nate.