Suzy Baldwin has been working with the Otammari people of Benin, West Africa, since 1999, witnessing to her local town of Natitingou though friendship evangelism, medical care, and health education. Her partner in the Otammari project is Ulrike Baur.
Career missionaries since 1999, first serving the Otammari people of Benin and now serving the Pendjari.
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.
“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 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?”