French Ministry

Choosing Good Leaders

July 4, 2015 | French Ministry
Sambila is a deacon at the Cissin church in Bilgo, Burkina Faso, a country where approximately half the population claims the Muslim faith. He and other local church members have recently been attending the Bible study Choosing Good Leaders, produced by Timothy Leadership Training Institute in partnership with Back to God Ministries French outreach. Currently there are 15 churches committed to the program, with 60 participants. As church members attend the sessions, they gain a better understanding of how being a Christian relates to every aspect of life. “I really appreciated the training on how to choose good leaders,” says Sambila. “I discovered that the Bible deals with all areas of human life. The Word of God always applies both at home and at work.” Choosing Good Leaders is a radio program integrated with study materials to use within the local church. The focus is primarily on how to choose…[Read More]

Update on Back to God Ministries French Outreach

April 9, 2015 | French Ministry
Over the past year our French ministry has faced many changes. But thanks to ongoing faithful prayer and financial support, we have been able to continue touching lives for Christ in the French-speaking world. Rev. Jacky Chéry gives leadership to the work in Haiti. He receives encouragement from those who continue to be blessed by our broadcasts. Manes, a radio director in Saint-Marc, North of Haiti, told Rev. Chéry, “Having broadcast the Persperctives Reformees programs for many years now in my community, I can witness that those messages play a transformative role in the lives of many people and particularly Christian leaders.” Currently, we are in the ongoing process of rebuilding our ministry in French-speaking Africa. It’s a challenge, but also a huge opportunity to reestablish this critical ministry. Moving forward, we plan to explore three additional areas for ministry: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and…[Read More]

Praise and Prayers for Haitian Ministry

June 24, 2014 | French Ministry
Nearly 100 church leaders gathered in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for the first leadership conference sponsored by Perspectives Réformées (PRIHA), in partnership with Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM). PRIHA is Back to God Ministries French outreach. Church leaders attending the two-day conference, held May 30-31 on the campus of the Evangelical Baptist Seminary, focused on the topic "Watching over Your Ministry."  Pastors and church leaders face many difficulties in pastoral ministry. The goal for the two day conference was to assist them in identifying both the pitfalls as well as opportunities to make pastoral ministry more effective. The presenter, Claude Delauge Jacquet, is a veteran of pastoral ministry. “He did a very good job presenting several important subjects to the participants,” says Rev. Zachary Segaar-King, CRWM Haitian leader who helped organize the conference. “All the topics were very timely for pastors and church leaders in the Haitian context.” Those who attended the conference…[Read More]

God’s Power in the Midst of Chaos

February 20, 2014 | French Ministry
As Central African Republic (CAR) continues to suffer violent attacks during the rebel coup, more and more people have been forced to leave their homes. Muslim and Christian groups are attacking one another, and tensions have spread across nearby nations.  Still, in the midst of this chaos, God is using Back to God Ministries International French outreach to change the hearts and lives of people here. Near the capital city of Bangui, 20,000 refugees have found temporary shelter in a church compound. But in these overcrowded and undersupplied conditions, people grew weary. Their anger stirred as they felt more abandoned and abused by the politicians. One group of young people formed a large circle, preparing to riot. At that moment, a volunteer from Perspective Réformées (BTGMI French ministry), who is currently a refugee at the camp, turned on his radio. By God’s providence a message written and recorded months earlier by…[Read More]

Prayers for Central African Republic

November 25, 2013 | French Ministry
Rev. Paul Mpindi, Back to God Ministries French outreach leader, asks for urgent prayers for Central African Republic. Since the rebel takeover in March, Central African Republic (CAR) has been in a state of unrest. Both the countryside and capital city of Bangui have experienced many crimes, including the murder of a man who was developing his faith through our French outreach.  “The country has been descending into chaos,” says Rev. Mpindi. At this time, most security experts agree that there is a potential for genocide between Muslims and Christians. This stands as a threat not only for CAR, which has a 90% Christian population, but also for the entire central African region. “So far, our team in Bangui, the capital city, is doing fine,” adds Rev. Mpindi, “but we have them on high alert. Our ministry center is serving some of the people who have lost their loved ones.”…[Read More]

Haitians Looking to God for Hope after Earthquake

May 9, 2013 | French Ministry
Disaster has a way of rearranging people’s lives. Before the 2010 earthquake that devastated much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, many Haitians who practiced voodoo blamed evil spirits for tragedies. However, after the disaster claimed more than 300,000 lives, Haitians turned to churches instead of voodoo temples, proclaiming God’s sovereignty in their lives. Today, Back to God Ministries International sees more people opening up to the Gospel than ever before. Angelo Joseph, a 20-year-old student, serves as one example of this movement. In the past, Angelo dedicated his life to worldly pleasures. Like many his age, he looked forward to attending Carnival, Haiti’s version of Mardi Gras, that includes drinking, partying and carousing. But this year was different. When Angelo’s sister invited him to skip Carnival and come with her to a spiritual retreat outside of Port-au-Prince, he knew it would be a great way to avoid temptation. Angelo attended the retreat…[Read More]

Prayers Answered for the Mpindis Caught in Rebel Coup

March 25, 2013 | French Ministry
The Mpindis testify to the power of prayer! In March, Rev. Paul and Charlotte Mpindi traveled to Bangui to lead training seminars for pastors and lay leaders and to participate in the first graduation of students who completed our new discipleship school. Although rebel forces had been holding the city hostage earlier, a peace treaty had been signed in January, and local staff advised the Mpindis it was safe to travel.  However, on Saturday March 23, Rev. Mpindi, French ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI), alerted BTGMI director Rev. Kurt Selles that rebel troops were advancing into the city. He sent a follow-up text message on Sunday that Bangui had fallen to the rebels and the CAR president had fled the city. Rev. Selles immediately alerted the Christian community through email, Facebook, and the Back to God website. He asked for prayer for the Mpindis and the situation in…[Read More]

Rebels at the Gate; Prayers Going Up

January 7, 2013 | French Ministry
Rebels were at the gates of Central African Republic’s capital city, Bangui, and Back to God Ministries International French staff located there requested urgent prayers. Thanks to the avenue of Facebook, we were able to put out a timely prayer request to people who immediately responded that they would pray! BTGMI maintains a ministry center in Bangui from which 18 staff members and 500 volunteers carry out ministry in central Africa. In late December French ministry leader Rev. Paul Mpindi received word from Bangui staff that rebels were progressing toward the city. Rev. Mpindi sent out an alert to BTGMI colleagues in North America. “Please pray for peace in central Africa,” he added. “I'll be monitoring things with our leaders there and see what necessary steps to take if the rebels do enter the city.” Not long after, Rev. Mpindi sent an update: “I received an urgent e-mail from one…[Read More]

Ministry Expands in Haiti

October 26, 2012 | French Ministry
The January 2010 earthquake temporarily suspended many facets of the ministry in Haiti. But now, Rev. Paul Mpindi is pleased to report, “God has sent us a godly Haitian leader, Pastor Jacky Chery, to provide leadership for our ministry center in Haiti.” “The Lord has been blessing our ministry in Haiti,” says Rev. Mpindi, Back to God Ministries International French outreach leader. “Our radio programs have been on the air there for nearly twenty-five years. In 2008 we opened a discipleship center to serve our listeners. We are blessed to have Pastor Chery join us in our Haitian ministry. ” A long-time listener to our French broadcasts, Pastor Chery came to faith in Christ in 1989 and has served in youth ministries for nearly ten years.  He studied civil engineering from 1998 to 2003 and received training in leadership and project management. He then felt called to study theology at…[Read More]

Powerful Prayer Partners

June 20, 2012 | French Ministry
Whenever Rev. Paul Mpindi leads rallies or training seminars, he is surrounded by a group of prayer warriors. And now the team of prayer partners has expanded to pray weekly—and sometimes daily—for Perspectives Réformées en Centrafrique (PRC), the ongoing mission work of Back to God Ministries in French-speaking Africa. A little over a year ago, Rev. Mpindi was teaching a group of pastors in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) when staff who were present sensed “some sort of attack from the enemy,” reports Pastor Ekolo, PRC staff member. “We took action and quickly prayed for spiritual protection for Rev. Mpindi.” Following that event, the BTGMI French staff developed a plan to increase the number of intercessors trained to pray for the local church, for missions, and specifically for Back to God Ministries French outreach in Africa. In May 2012, a group of 600 believers from various denominations came together for…[Read More]
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