Benin

31 10 2012
  • Witch doctors.
  • Voodoo.
  • Animism.
  • People-smuggling.
  • Black market.
  • Corruption.
  • Syncretism.

Consider Benin. A republic in Africa of only 9.3 million people, situated between Togo and Nigeria. It is a nation with complete freedom of religion. It became Independent from France in 1960. “After seven coups and one Marxist regime, a democracy was formed in 1991. The government has since remained stable and witnessed a smooth transition via elections from the previous president to its current one.

This is one of the world’s poorest countries. Agriculture is key to the economy, but the movement is towards rapid urbanisation. It trades heavily with neighbour Nigeria. Cotton accounts for half of the GDP. Income per person is $828.

Christians with a heart for mission and language translation, please note: this is probably the least evangelised non-Muslim country in Africa, with many unreached peoples. Pray for ministry of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and his resurrection power at work in the world, to reach:

1. The Fon – voodoo still permeates their lives.

2. The Gbe – includes 19 southern peoples from the Kwa/Guinean grouping.

3. The Ede Nago – located on the southern border with Nigeria – no Scripture in their tongue.

4. Muslim peoples – in the far northern prt of the nation,

5. The Fulbe (Fula) – several thousand came to Christ through Western (SIM, AoG) and indigenous ministries.

6. The 1.3 million urbanites of the cities of Porto-Novo (Capital), Cotonou and Parakou.

So, much to consider, hey?

  • Responsiveness to the gospel is high in many places.
  • More workers are absolutely vital.
  • Bible Translation remains a pressing need: Nearly half of Benin’s languages are without a Bible or even a NT.
  • Media opportunities abound: Radio, TV, the JESUS film, audio recordings on CD and MP3.

The country is a long narrow piece of land. The official language is French.

Religious make-up:

  • Christian                   40%
  • Ethno-religionist    36%
  • Muslim                      23%
  • Other                            1%





The Meta-Narrative AD

14 05 2012
The Word Became Flesh
  • 4 BC John the Baptiser (The Greatest of all the Prophets)

Magi from the East...

  • Incarnation: Birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Life, Ministry
  • 30 AD Death of Jesus
  • 30 AD Resurrection of Jesus
  • 30 AD Ascension of Jesus and Current Reign
  • Pentecostal Spirit
  • Acts of the Apostles: Peter, James, John, Paul, Others
  • ‘The Spreading Flame’: Christian Faith and Community
  • Growing Opposition: Nero, Rome
Turning Points: “2000 Years of Christ’s Power”  (M. Noll, N. Needham)
  • 70 AD   The Destruction of Temple (Jerusalem)
  • 100, 200, 300: Expansion, Persecution, Emperors, Theologians
  • 325    Nicene Creed
  • 481    Chalcedon and Heresies
  • 530    Benedict and Monasteries

Luther, the Augustinian Monk - History Maker

  • 600    Gospel in China (Nestorians and Others)
  • 630    Muhammad Conquers Mecca with (sword not Word)
  • 800   Charlemagne Crowned on Christmas Day, …“by the Pope”
  • 1054  East and West Divide
  • 1095 The Crusades begin
  • 1382 John Wycliffe’s English Bible completed
  • 1521  Reformation: Luther (& later …Calvin)
  • 1534  England – Henry VIII
  • 1540 Counter-Reform, Loyola
  • 1738 Revivals: Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards
  • 1789 French Revolution
  • 1793 William Carey to India
  • 1807 Robert Morrison to China
  • 1854 David Livingstone to Africa
  • 1904 Revival in Wales
  • 1906 Azusa Street, LA, Pentecostals
  • 1907 Pyongyang, (North) Korea, Revival began
  • 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference
  • 1914-18 World War One  (P.T. Forsyth – “think in centuries”)
  • 1922 Karl Barth on Romans; and 1934 Barmen Declaration
  • 1929 Totoyohiko Kagawa, Indigenous Missionary in Japan
  • 1939 World War Two: Suffering and Nations
  • 1945 New Beginning, Service in Love (G. C. Bingham)
  • 1962 Second Vatican Council
  • 1966 Pray for China (cf. Mao’s Cultural Revolution
  • 1979 Aboriginal Australia Revival From Elcho Island
  • 1989 Fall of Berlin Wall: ‘The Twilight of Atheism’ (A. McGrath)
  • 2001 New York Twin Towers: Faith, NOT Religion
  • 2004 Tsunami Indian Ocean and Theodicy
  • 2012 Attempt to redefine Marriage (US Obama)
  • … New things
  • … More new things
  • … The Eschaton
  • Date Not Known: ‘Behold I make all things new’ [the ‘old things’ transformed into the ‘new’]
  • The Age to Come – Eternity – Glorification of All Things







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