Otammari

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

About 150,000 Otammari live in Northern Benin and Togo. They are famous for their masonry and their traditional homes that resemble mud castles. Most are subsistence farmers and hunters.

Illiteracy is high among this group. Many people only read French, the administrative language of Benin. Very few can read or write their heart language, Ditammari. Most cling to Animism and ancestor worship and have resisted both Islam and Christianity. Each household has a family altar called the fetish where the father of the household makes sacrifices and appeals to the spirits of the ancestors. Participation in initiation ceremonies is of highest importance for teenage boys and girls.

The whole Bible is translated into Ditammari, but it is out of print. It is clear that the Holy Spirit is moving among these people who have traditionally been extremely resistant to outsiders. Evangelical Christians of several denominations have noticed a dramatic change in their openness in recent years.

About the Project

AFM missionaries have been ministering to the Otammari people since Linden and Michelle St. Clair launched the project in 1996. Today, Ulrike Baur-Kouato leads the project, assisted by her husband Toussaint and three local evangelists. They are working to nurture the church in Natitingou and a growing number of groups in surrounding villages. Suzy Baldwin worked on the Otammari Project for many years and now serves on the Pendjari Project.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 150,000
  • Language: Ditammari
  • Religion: Animist

Frontier Stories

Kids’ Laundry Day

They immediately get to work filling a row of buckets at our water pump. Then they settle down in the shady place we built just for that purpose and start the process: soaping, soaking, rubbing, scrubbing, all the while chatting, laughing, teasing and helping each other.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
March 01 2021, 5:15 pm | Comments 0

Raphael’s Faith

We don’t want people to make deals with God. We want them to trust God no matter what.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
February 01 2021, 9:06 am | Comments 0

The Case of the Missing Rooster

Someone might very well have stolen the rooster. There are a lot of thieves around. In that case the truth would never be revealed. But there was nothing we could do about that. We left the situation in God’s hands.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
January 01 2021, 8:23 am | Comments 0

Daniel

His relatives ask him why his God is not healing him completely, but Daniel and his wife have set their minds on Jesus.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
December 01 2020, 2:34 pm | Comments 0

Bawa

One of the twins had been sick often in the past few weeks. I wondered if the sickness had turned deadly.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
October 01 2020, 3:36 pm | Comments 0

Ministry under Lockdown

While we certainly wish this pandemic would soon end, we praise God for the opportunities for service He has given us.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
September 01 2020, 1:32 pm | Comments 0

The Warning Dream

Suddenly Paul realized that he was not alone in caring for and watching over his children. Someone infinitely stronger was there with him, and he didn’t need to feel inadequate.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
August 01 2020, 9:26 am | Comments 0

The Name Game

No matter what your name is on this earth, whether it has a special meaning or not, when Jesus comes to take us home, He will give us a new name. I’m sure it will have a very special meaning, and it will be beautiful!

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
July 01 2020, 9:02 am | Comments 0

The Weather Man

It was as if God wanted to make sure the guard got the point. He came by in the morning, his pants rolled up to his knees, sheepishly complaining that it had taken him hours to get all the water out of the house.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
June 01 2020, 8:35 am | Comments 0

The Feeding Project

We want to fill not only bellies, but souls as well.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
May 01 2020, 9:20 am | Comments 0

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