Local Missionaries in Guinea
Guinea, sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from neighboring Guinea-Bissau or Equatorial Guinea, lies on the coast of West Africa and is characterized by coastal plain and a sparsely populated mountainous interior.
Of its 48 people groups, Guinea’s three largest ethnic groups are the Fulani (33 percent), the Malinke (29 percent), and the Susu (21 percent). The people of Guinea are predominately Muslim—over 88 percent adhere to the religion, although animistic elements are often mixed into their beliefs. With nearly 87 percent of the population unreached, much gospel work remains.
Although the country is rich in natural resources such as bauxite (used to make aluminum) and iron ore, it is one of Africa’s poorer countries. It only recently transitioned to democracy in 2010 after a history of Muslim-Marxist rule. Its economy is slowly improving, but ethnic and political conflict, corruption, crumbling infrastructure, and most recently, the Ebola outbreak in 2014, have impeded progress. Currently only 30 percent of the population are literate, and most are engaged in agriculture. Children under the age of 14 make up over 40 percent of the population, and sadly, around 18 percent of very young children are underweight.
In response to the spiritual and physical needs of their country, missionaries from a native church-planting ministry are reaching out to Muslim communities each week with the gospel of Jesus Christ and compassionate care for the poor and needy.
Working primarily among the Fulani, Malinke and Susu people, ministry workers share the gospel through one-on-one conversations, gospel films, and evangelistic events. As people from these communities respond to the gospel, the ministry plants churches and begins training believers for church leadership through their Bible school.
Political tensions and labor strikes have created difficulties for the ministry, which requests assistance to purchase plots of land and metal roofing for church buildings. Many of the village congregations are making their own bricks for church buildings but lack these roofing materials. The ministry also requests help for evangelistic tools such as portable generators and projectors to show gospel films. Lastly, in order to provide stability for their gospel workers, they wish to start microenterprise projects.
Sources: Joshua Project, CIA World Factbook, Operation World, U.S. Department of State
How to Pray for
- Pray that God would reveal Christ to people from unreached Muslim and animistic communities throughout Guinea.
- Pray for peace and stability in Guinea’s government and among ethnic groups.
- Pray for people suffering in poverty to find hope and provision through Christ.
- Pray for God’s wisdom and provision for native missionaries as they seek to share the gospel and meet the needs of the poor.
More stories from Guinea
Refugees fleeing violence who did not know the Lord showed up at a local ministry’s center and received critically needed aid. The single people and families heard about Christ, many of them for the first time, at weekly evening meetings and also in online videos and films, as well as face-to-face conversations.
An infirm mother called a local missionary at 3 a.m. seeking help for her son, who had left university under the spiritual oppression of a fortune teller. Workers visited and prayed for him, and his family saw him get freed from spiritual bondage; he slept that night for the first time in many years, and the entire family later received Christ’s salvation.
A refugee from Syria told local missionaries in Iraq that he had dreamt of a group of Christians visiting his house and telling him pleasant things that he could not now recall. He said he was a Muslim officer in the Syrian army who had fled when enemy soldiers occupied his home. “I remember when I woke up, I had a wonderful peace and joy that I had never experienced before,” he told them. “Can you visit us at home?”
A Syrian widow with several children had endured affliction before and after arriving as a refugee in Jordan. Islamic State (ISIS) invaders in Syria had seized her oldest son and, fearing they might take her other children, she and her husband had fled in 2013. Some of her children were able to help her husband in odd jobs he might find on the streets – until he was diagnosed with cancer.
Leading Muslims to faith in Christ in Syria brings the discipleship challenge of helping them to withstand persecution, among other issues. Recently local missionaries stood with a woman whose husband and son were killed for refusing to deny Christ. “That is a hard thing,” the ministry leader said. “She says, ‘Every time I close my eyes, I see my husband and my son in front of me, how they killed them.’”