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

Faith That Moves Mountains

The greatest miracle of all is when someone turns from his old ways and gives his heart to Jesus.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
August 01 2021, 12:01 pm | Comments 0

Noises

We live in a noisy world, and sometimes we wonder how we will ever be heard with our message. We don’t have a loudspeaker and don’t plan to get one. We also don’t want to wake people up, at least not literally. We don’t want to engage in a competition of who is louder and who is able to drown out all the other noises. When God met Elijah, it wasn’t in the fire, it wasn’t in the earthquake and it wasn’t in the wind. God talked to Elijah in a still small voice.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
July 01 2021, 10:19 am | Comments 0

A Tireless Blessing

One tire became a safety seat for our cook’s baby. Comfortably seated on some old bags in the middle of the tire, the baby can watch everything without falling over.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
May 01 2021, 2:22 pm | Comments 0

Christmas Vacation Bible School

It was our prayer that the VBS program not only serve as a fun Christmas-break event, but as a steppingstone towards building a relationship with Jesus.

By: Tyler Ninalga
April 01 2021, 9:23 am | Comments 0

A Picture of Love

Jesus didn’t just come to save adults and show them His love. He also cares about children.

By: Marcus Donesky
April 01 2021, 8:07 am | Comments 0

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

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