Sent from Action Biblique Church, Meinier, Switzerland
From May 2016 until May 2018 Angèle served on a 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.
Niger officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River.Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The country’s predominantly Islamic population of about 21 million mostly clusters in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in Niger’s southwest corner.
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 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 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.
After a few months’ home assignment in the summer of 2018, Angèle has now returned to work among the Fulani.
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Angele is serving among the Fulani people in Niger.
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.
Latest prayer points
- 11 May 2018
“We have just finished our 2 years of life and training among the Fulani. We thank God for His faithfulness and the manifestation of His glory among this people and in our lives. Not because of our efforts but only because of Him. With all my heart THANK YOU to each of you for your love, friendship, loyalty, support manifested in various ways. You are part of the team! I am currently travelling and will return to France in a few days. I look forward to meeting you and resting!!! During the past year I have taken time to pray and listen to God’s direction for my life. After 4 months in Europe I will return to live in the village to encourage young Christians and continue to share the Good News of the Gospel. I look forward to continuing in God’s plans for me.”
- 17 November 2017
“We are grateful to God for His work in the lives of us and our friends. The Lord is good. He is faithful and leads our steps. How good it is to be in His service and under His guidance…Through various opportunities, including giving help or medical advice, we met several people from a neighbouring community. It was also an opportunity to pray for these people and to share the Word. A man from this village now comes to our worship on Sunday morning. Thank you for praying for this neighbouring community and for this father, son of one of the chiefs of this village…thank you for continuing to pray for our team so that we have the wisdom to manage the last 6 months of our time together. May our lives glorify Him.”
- 22 September 2017
Gilles & Myriam are AIM mobilisers for French speaking Europe. They recently visited a TIMO team in Niger, where one of our members, Angèle Fischbach is serving. They write “Last May a TIMO team began work among the Fulani people of Niger – a partnership between SIM and AIM. It is a very international team: Australian, American, French and Kenyan members have immersed themselves in the Fulani culture and have built deep and significant relationships with many families in their village. Daily life is very challenging; the Fulani culture includes many complex rituals and the spiritual warfare is intense as many Fulani people are showing a real interest in the Gospel. 6 of the new teams’ friends have accepted Jesus as their saviour and were recently baptised. The team, being obedient to persevere, to love and to bless their neighbour, is just watching God revealing Himself to these people enslaved by fears, and a dark worldview. Please pray for whole families to come to Jesus, and for unity and perseverance for the team.”