French Ministry

New Ministry Emerges from the Ashes

May 19, 2016 | French Ministry
In January 2015 Rev. Soumaila Labo, pastor of an Evangelical Church of Niger (EERN) congregation in Niamey, was at the church when he saw a small group of young Muslims turn off the water source to the church, then throw burning tiles onto the church building. The building was totally destroyed.  Labo, his wife, and their four children lost everything when their home was also destroyed in the fire. Church members responded peacefully to the arson. They called for justice, but not vengeance. While the community expected anger, the church demonstrated an attitude of forgiveness. “We’ve seen good come out of this evil,” reports Rev. Kurt Selles, director of Back to God Ministries International. Selles and ministry partners from Words of Hope met with church and community leaders in Niger in December 2015, exploring ways the ministries can work together to share the gospel with people in this country.  Niger…[Read More]

Returning to God in Haiti

December 15, 2015 | French Ministry
“I have returned to God. All that I have is for God.” These are the bold words proclaimed by Jean-Baptiste, a former Haitian voodoo priest who accepted Christ as his Savior. For years Jean-Baptiste, who also owns and operates a radio station, has been airing programs from Perspective Réformées, the French outreach of Back to God Ministries International in Haiti. Through listening to these biblical messages, his heart changed and his faith began to form.  After giving his life to the Lord this past May, he claims, “Now this station will only broadcast Christian programs.” In addition to radio programming, Perspective Réformées, under the leadership of Rev. Jacky Chéry, provides discipleship studies and mentor training. The Back to God Ministries French team also offers conferences for church leaders through our partnership with Christian Reformed World Missions and the Timothy Leadership Institute. At a church leaders conference this past spring that…[Read More]

The Time is Ripe

November 12, 2015 | French Ministry
When Rev. Marc Nabie, Back to God Ministries International French coordinator in Burkina Faso, informed us of a coup taking place in the capital city of Ouagadougou mid-September, he requested prayers for his staff and country. In the days that followed, residents had hoped the conflict would resolve with the two sides coming to a mutual agreement.  However, the proposed agreement was rejected and as Nabie reported late September, “The loyal army decided to forcibly disarm. All army units are now converging on the capital. Hopefully the coup accepts the request to disarm; otherwise there is a risk of confrontation tonight. Pray for us; we live less than 5 km from the palace presidential and presidential guard.” Prayers were answered. In the days following, the coup ceased and the general who headed the uprising confessed, “I have made a great mistake, we have wasted time, money, lives, and so many…[Read More]

Coup in Burkina Faso affects BTGMI Staff

September 18, 2015 | French Ministry
Rev. Marc Nabie, French ministry coordinator for Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) in Brukina Faso, sent word Thursday (9/17/15) of another coup in the capital city of Ouagadougou, just weeks before presidential elections were to take place. “I inform you that a coup is underway in Burkina,” Nabie reported to BTGMI director Rev. Kurt Selles. “We are confined to our homes. The rebels are on the street to try to prevent the population from protesting.” The BBC confirms that presidential guard officers in Burkina Faso have seized power, with reports of more than 10 deaths amid protests in Ouagadougou. Members of the presidential guard, set up by exiled President Blaise Compaore, say they were unhappy with the new electoral law banning candidates linked to last year's bid to extend the president's time in office. It was that attempt which triggered Compaore’s October 2014 overthrow in a popular uprising. A…[Read More]

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]