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Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou

Career missionaries since 1999, first serving the Otammari people of Benin and now serving the Pendjari.

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Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou October 01 2003, 7:29 pm

The first day, I presented the part of the program that usually gets people to warm up and ask questions. I had made month-by-month life-size cutouts of a fetus. I walked around showing the life-sized cutouts and explained what happens each month of development.

Health Classes

Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou September 01 2003, 7:31 pm

“What is something we can’t live without?” I asked the group assembled before me for the health lecture. The responses came, “Air,” “Our Spirits,” “Food.” After each, I responded that that wasn’t what I was looking for.

Viviane

Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou July 01 2003, 7:33 pm

Viviane came almost every day to keep me company. We would sit on the cool cement floor in my 100° living room and talk and play with her baby. I felt I had a good enough relationship with her to invite her to study the Bible with me. I also felt my French was finally up to the challenge. Most importantly, I felt God asking me, “How long are you going to wait?”

Holidays in Benin

Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou December 01 2002, 8:44 pm

Here in Benin, preparation for Christmas starts somewhere in the beginning of December. The seamstress shops are among the busiest, making new clothes for everyone. Almost everyone gets new clothes if they have even a little bit of money.

Mango Tree

Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou November 01 2002, 8:46 pm

We did our second health program under the giant mango tree. An old story says that a long time ago a king came for a visit up north and brought a mango with him.

Overwhelming Support

Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou September 01 2002, 7:47 pm

It has been a humbling experience for me to see how you, mostly complete strangers yet brothers and sisters in the faith, have reached deep in your pockets to support little me. Who am I that you should send your money and your support to someone you have never met?

Things I Never Knew

Evette August 01 2002, 7:49 pm

On the appointed day, they were waiting under the old mango tree. They looked pretty normal to me, wearing clothes like ours. Finally, we had enough people to start.