French Ministry

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]

Finding Christ’s Love

April 13, 2012 | French Ministry
Lesha* was a young woman living the life of a street prostitute in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Because poverty is so prevalent in Congo, many young women feel they have no other option.   Then Lesha “happened” to hear one of Charlotte Mpindi’s messages geared especially for women. Drawn to the messages of hope and direction, Lesha continued to casually listen to the weekly broadcasts, produced by the French media outreach of Back to God Ministries International. One day Lesha felt convicted to go to the BTGMI ministry center in Kinshasa. There she met Mama Pasteur Francoise, the women’s discipleship coordinator. Mama Francoise spoke with Lesha about her life, the Bible, and salvation in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit moved in Lesha’s heart and she gave her life to the Lord. Lesha made a commitment to leave the life of prostitution, but that wouldn’t be easy. Everyone knew her…[Read More]

God’s Healing Touch in Haiti

November 11, 2011 | French Ministry
Josette was standing next to her fiancé, discussing their upcoming marriage. In the next moment, without warning, they were buried by rubble caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “My future husband died beside me and I was trapped under the rubble until 11pm that night,” recalls Josette, who also lost her left arm in the accident. “It was the worst day of my existence.  After the earthquake I couldn’t stop crying. I believed I had truly lost everything.” For a long time Josette kept her feelings inside, quietly grieving the pain and loss—until she learned about a counseling ministry provided in partnership with Back to God Ministries International and Christian Reformed World Missions. Josette met with Pastor Gregory Brutus hired to lead a pastoral care ministry focusing on earthquake victims with special Help Haiti funds.   “Pastor Gregory listened and prayed with me and gave me some…[Read More]

Serving Christ in Congo

October 17, 2011 | French Ministry
Lusa Bahati, a senator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, testifies that her faith motivated her to offer greater service to her country. And she said Back to God Ministries French media outreach helped her grow in faith. Senator Bahati, who lives in the outskirts of Kinshasa, often listened to Perspectives Réformées, the French radio program produced by Back to God Ministries International, and broadcast in the DR Congo. Through this she learned more about the Gospel with some of our other materials. Recently, Senator Bahati testified to the power of the Gospel that changed her worldview, and especially the way she conducts her political activities. "I have gained a new perspective on my work as a senator. My life has been transformed. My faith is now firmly established in Christ and my Christian witness has been strengthened.” Noting Senator Bahati’s effective leadership, a colleague at the State Senate in Kinshasa…[Read More]
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