Angèle is serving among the Fulani people in West Africa.
From May 2016 until May 2018 Angèle served on a TIMO team working among the Fulani people in West Africa. After the team had finished, she returned to West Africa in the autumn of 2018 to continue working among the Fulani.
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. 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 TIMO team was really welcomed by two Fulani communities and Angèle is very thankful for the good relationships that the team built up. As there were three nurses in the team (including Angèle) they had a lot of opportunities to help people in the communities, and the corresponding challenges this ability to help can bring. Overall, the team were encouraged through meeting some Fulani people who were really open to the gospel and who were already listening to voice recordings of the Bible or even reading portions of the Bible handed out by the team.
After the team finished, some members returned and new missionaries joined them to continue to share their lives with the Fulani. They have the privilege of seeing God calling people to him and are now investing time in discipling these new believers. It has been encouraging for the team to see these new believers growing in faith and sharing their faith with their relatives. The team continue to share God’s love and word through the gifts God has given them.
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