About this partnership
This partnership’s main goal is to release church’s among the Worodougou people and to continue to advance toward the north of the country until we are prepared to move into Mali.
The Cote d’Ivoire Partnership is brand new and currently only has one US church involved, although several churches have expressed great interest. A research team was sent to Cote d’Ivoire in April 2015, by the Maryville Vineyard Church in Tennessee. They made a follow-up trip five months later, and many doors have opened for ministry in various parts of the country. The most concentrated focus is among the Worodougou people in the north of Cote d’Ivoire.
There are about 224,000 Worodougous living in 213 villages and towns. Many are subsistence farmers raising rice, corn, yams, cashews, and cotton. They are also involved in commercial enterprises or small businesses.
Most Worodougous are nominal Muslims. It is their mask and spirit/ancestor worship that really holds their attention. People are afraid of sorcerers, death, hell, and their ancestors, and they spend most of their money on "protection" of various sorts.
Funerals are a huge expense, with different days of ceremonies, because of the ancestor veneration. In the larger towns and cities madrasa schools and teachings at the mosque provide the Islamic education. The Koran is memorized without comprehension except by higher level students. The older men and women, aware of death's closeness, become very religious. They are very regular at saying prayers, but they don’t necessarily pay strict attention to all the Islamic laws.
Check out this story that details the progress in Cote d’Ivoire after one year on the ground using the Discipleship Making Movement (DMM) model to share the Gospel.
The Worodougous People are 94.20% Muslim, 0.80% Christian, and 0.20% Evangelical.
Population: 22.8 million
Number of Vineyard Churches:
Primary Religion: Islam and Christianity
Ave. Education: 9 years
About Cote D'Ivoire
Ivory Coast or Côte D'Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country in West Africa. Ivory Coast's de jure capital is Yamoussoukro and the biggest city is the port city of Abidjan. Cote d'Ivoire is heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly two-thirds of the population. Cote d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil. Consequently, the economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in international prices for these products and in climatic conditions. Cocoa, oil, and coffee are the country's top export revenue earners, but the country is also mining gold.
Josh and his family have been a part of the Maryville Vineyard Church in Tennessee for nine years, and spent three of those years on the mission field in Haiti. They are now based back in Tennessee, and Josh works on staff at the Maryville Vineyard to do all things missions and outreach. He and his wife Amanda are still very involved in Haiti, while now having a larger concentration in West Africa.
Current Church Partners
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