Côte d'Ivoire / africa

Spiritual Climate

Also known as "Ivory Coast", Cote d'Ivoire is home to over 21 million people, 30% of which is of foreign origin. After years of political and rebel conflicts, the country has returned to a level of stability and can now refocus their efforts on education, development and rebuilding within the communities. Many of the people remain in need of physical, emotional and spiritual healing from damage left by prior fighting and hostility. More translations of the Bible are needed, however the literacy rate is less than 50%. The establishment of literacy and translation ministries is greatly needed.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Animism is still strong in Côte d’Ivoire, despite apparent numerical decline. Although evangelical congregations outnumber sacred fetish groves for the first time in the nation’s history, animism’s power remains unbroken and penetrates deep into the worldview and practices of both Christians and Muslims.
— Operation World

The country has been essentially divided between Muslim north and multi-faith but predominantly Christian south. Although peace is established and the nation is moving forward, the loss of life, of infrastructure and of confidence in Côte d’Ivoire’s fundamental unity will leave scars on the nation’s psyche.
— Operation World

More about Cote D Ivoire

A Couple Raw Facts

Literacy Illustration

The literacy rate in Côte d'Ivoire is less than 50%.

Agriculture Image

One of the world’s largest producers of cocoa, coffee and palm oil – all subject to global market changes in price. Nearly 70% of the population depend on agriculture and related activity, despite government attempts to diversify the economy. Oil and gas production now garner more income than cocoa.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Côte d’Ivoire

WorldVenture entered Côte d’Ivoire in the 1940s which many objectives in mind. They began establishing ministries including Bible translation, Christian literature for French-speaking Africa, leadership training, and a mission hospital. Until 1982, most of WorldVenture's work in Côte d’Ivoire was concentrated in the northern part of the country. WorldVenture takes pride in the continued eternal impact being done in Côte d’Ivoire today.

Today &

Côte d’Ivoire Team Goals

Young Ivoirians no longer have as much confidence in traditional religious customs as do their parents. Attempting to fill a spiritual vacuum, some turn to Christianity. With continued growth and provision in leadership training and evangelism, the amount of lives changed in this country is going to increase rapidly above the already remarkable numbers. Prayers are appreciated as ministries such as medical, communications, church planting and leadership training are taking place in this country.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



All cooking is done in the courtyard on the ground, so the girls either sit on small benches or stand completely bent over ... Warning: The Ivorian kitchen does not include a timer or exact measurements ...
— Caitlin Julia Lacy

If you want to know about Ivorian cuisine I need only 3 words: rice and sauce. There are alternatives made from pounded corn or ignames (a potato-like large root), but there is almost never a day where I don’t eat rice. In fact rice can easily be the main part of all three meals of the day; rice porridge, called bouilli, for breakfast and rice with sauce for lunch and dinner. Thankfully there are many different types of sauce. ...
— Caitlin Julia Lacy


The thing is, all of this - these joys and struggles - would not happen if we weren’t family. I am learning to love the messy stuff, because when it is present, that means the relationships are real and authentic, not just that surface level bogus. I am part of a legit, Ivorian family, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
— Stephanie Verenski



When it rains here, the sound is overwhelming. It's like a symphany of tin cans and a whole herd of cattle dancing over your head. It wakes me up in the middle of the night and puts me to sleep again. ... Last Sunday, the rain was coming down so hard that the pastor couldn't continue with the message, he was on the verge of losing his voice at this point, so they brought out the balifones and we danced until the rain calmed down. It was freeing- we were thanking God for this crazy downpour with our voices, with our hands and feet, with our everything!
— Naomi Smith



All the crazy stuff that happened in the beginning is pretty much just normal living for me. When I’m walking down the street or riding my bike and I have to dodge a cow or a goat that’s in the middle of town, I don’t even think twice about it.
— Tricia Trout

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

Cote D Ivoire source:bbc - Google News
Côte d'Ivoire: un chef de guerre arrêté - BBC Afrique

Côte d'Ivoire: un chef de guerre arrêté
BBC Afrique
Les raisons de l'interpellation de Salif Traoré sont encore inconnues mais des rivalités entre ex-chefs de guerre ont été évoquées par une source sécuritaire. Salif Traoré, dit "Tracteur", a été interpellé vendredi matin à Abidjan avec 25 de ses hommes ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 9:25:31 PM

CAN 2015: Côte d'Ivoire/Mali face au Nigeria - BBC Afrique

BBC Afrique

CAN 2015: Côte d'Ivoire/Mali face au Nigeria
BBC Afrique
Les équipes de Côte-d'Ivoire et du Mali feront face au Nigeria lors de matchs amicaux de préparation en vue de la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations (CAN) qui aura lieu du 17 janvier au 8 février 2015. Les Eléphants joueront ainsi contre les Super Eagles, qui ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:49:01 AM

Des manifestations en Côte d'Ivoire - BBC Afrique

Des manifestations en Côte d'Ivoire
BBC Afrique
Les forces de police ivoiriennes ont tiré des gaz lacrymogènes pour disperser des manifestants qui protestaient contre l'interdiction d'utiliser des sacs en plastique. La manifestation qui a eu lieu à Abidjan, la capitale commerciale de la Côte d ...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:53:28 AM

Côte d'Ivoire: KKB face ADO pour 2015 - BBC Afrique

BBC Afrique

Côte d'Ivoire: KKB face ADO pour 2015
BBC Afrique
En annonçant sa candidature, Kouadio Konan Bertin, dit vouloir " préserver le parti de Félix Houphouët-Boigny". Un député du Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) s'est déclaré vendredi candidat à la présidentielle de 2015 en Côte d'Ivoire face au ...

Friday, December 05, 2014 12:31:35 PM

Ebola crisis: Ivory Coast closes land borders - BBC News

BBC News

Ebola crisis: Ivory Coast closes land borders
BBC News
Ivory Coast has become the latest African country to close its land borders to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on to its territory. Days after banning flights from three countries, it said land borders with Liberia and Guinea were being ...

Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:31:46 AM

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Missionary Team

Glenn & Linn Boese

Focusing on the Nyarafolo, a least-evangelized people group in northern Côte d'Ivoire

Sherri Schneidermann

Evangelizing and discipling children and youth in Cote d'Ivoire

Josh & Christy Wohlgemut

Serving the Great Physician in Cote d’Ivoire

Diane Eliason

Providing medical care at the Baptist Hospital in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

Linda Sharp

Serving at the Torogo Baptist Dispensary in Ivory Coast

Shasta Feltman

Living, loving, and laboring with Ivorians for the sake of the Gospel.

Cheri Geise

Serving in Côte d'Ivoire as Bible Professor and Hospital Director

Jane van den Berg

Curriculum development, education for employment, and building construction

Suzi Hall

Volunteering with Journey Corps in Côte d’Ivoire

Robin Hampton

Providing administrative leadership for medical ministries in Cote d'Ivoire

Keo & Lydie Kognon

International Ministry Partner for WorldVenture

Laura Haide

Loving African communities through relationship and service to bring the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Wayne & Melody Nelson

Serving in leadership development

Justin & Jenna Dodson

Equipping the global Church through the global Church for leadership and mission.

Crystal Kitchen

Serving in Côte d'Ivore showing children the love of Christ

Rod & Angelika Ragsdale

Serving in evangelism and leadership training in Côte d’Ivoire

Phil & Mimi Bjorklund

Developing Next Generation Leaders for Church and Missions

Hannah Oosterhout

Loving the world and pursuing God's heart in Côte d'Ivoire

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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