Benin

Benin is the birthplace of Voodoo. Woven into all aspects of life and tradition — Voodoo practices keep a link of ancestry alive. It is more than a belief systemit is a complete way of life, including culture, philosophy, language, art, dance, music, and medicine. The central belief in Voodoo is of a creator god who is unknowable and uninvolved. 

KEY CHALLENGES

The practices of worshiping idols and performing sacrifices keep people enslaved to a fatalistic system. With this belief system, people who are sick suffer without medicine, and education is discouraged. As a result, only 31% of women in Benin are literate.

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our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Benin.

Our partners

Mission ONE has been working in West Africa since 2006 through our trusted partners at African Evangelical Christian Mission (AECM), led by Joseph and Gracia Ayigah. AECM focuses on discipleship, pastoral care through relationships, walking with broken families, and freedom from bondage through Christ. Through the local church they have been able to establish schools and clinics to meet the needs of the community. 
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PROJECTS

Gozem Car Rental- A rental car business is meeting a local need for safe transport and supporting local ministry projects through the profits.

Education - Our partners have established a school, a clinic, and a church, which serve the community mentally, physically, and spiritually. They are also helping the community grow their capacity to move out of poverty and into their God-given potential. They train pastors and missionaries through an extensive network of local churches and emphasize freedom from bondage through Christ. 

Gospel Context

West Africa is a meeting point of different religions. Islam, Tribal religions, and Christianity all exist in the region, and often not peacefully. People living in pluralistic and tribal cultures are in tune with spiritual realities that we often miss in the "enlightened" West. The power of Jesus' death and resurrection is best applied when people see its power to address the struggles of their everyday lives, often associated with spirits.

To learn more about the spiritual power of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection check out One Gospel for All Nations, written by Mission ONE Theologian in Residence, Jackson W.

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