In May 2016, Angèle joined the TIMO team working among the Fulani people of Niger.
The Fulani are a people that live throughout the Sahel. They are a cattle herding agrarian people who stretch from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. In Niger the Fulani make up approximately 10% of the population, numbering about 1.5 million. They are spread across the country along the southern one-fifth of Niger which is arable land. North of these lands, the Sahara desert occupies the remaining four-fifths of Niger, with some oasis towns and trade routes going through the desert. Due to rebel activity in recent years, the north of Niger is considered a ‘no-go zone’ to foreigners, yet we are able to enter southern Niger as mission workers.
The Fulani are a predominantly Muslim people group. They first came in contact with Islam as early as the 1500s, but the majority did not adopt Islam until the 1800s. During this period Amaadu Lobbo Bari, a Muslim Fulani leader, grew in influence and established the Massina Empire, a theocratic Muslim Fulani state throughout the Inner Niger Delta region and extending to both the ancient Muslim centers of Djenné and Timbuktu. Today the Fulani are only nominally linked to Islam, with animal sacrifices instead playing an important role in the ritual celebrations of fatherhood, deaths, marriages, and other formal ceremonial occasions.
The team has been really welcomed by two Fulani communities and Angèle is very thankful for the good relationships that the team has already built up.
As there are three nurses in the team (including Angèle) they have had a lot of opportunities to help people in the communities, and the corresponding challenges this ability to help can bring. Overall, the team are encouraged through meeting some Fulani people who are really open to the gospel and who are already listening to voice recordings of the Bible or even reading portions of the Bible handed out by the team.
Could you partner with Angèle in this work?
Angele is part of a TIMO team among the Fulani, in Niger. She is seeking God’s will for her future as the team finishes in April.
As Angèle is based in Switzerland, if you would like to partner with her financially, please contact the Director for francophone Europe, Gilles Bonvallat via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 0115 9838120 for more information.