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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 the highest importance for teenage boys and girls.

The whole Bible is translated into Ditammari, but it is out of print. However, 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

Life With Auntie and Big Brother

Hi, our names are Ignace and Fiacre, and we live with Auntie Uli and Big Brother Toussaint.

By: Ignace & Fiacre
June 01 2022, 10:53 am | Comments 0

Seizing the Opportunity

I was a bit nervous at first, but the reward of seeing the smiles on the faces of all these women was enough to convince me that no matter how small the opportunity is, we should never lose a moment to share God’s love with others. People deserve it.

By: Veronique Charbonneau
May 01 2022, 10:32 am | Comments 0

Not an Ordinary Sunday Morning

Time is short. Let’s re-evaluate our priorities and re-focus on what’s really important.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
May 01 2022, 10:28 am | Comments 0

Koumatié

“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8).

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
March 01 2022, 10:53 am | Comments 0

A Story of Love

Since most of the 36 children did not know Jesus personally, we sensed the importance of sharing this message with them.

By: Valquíria Albuquerque, Nicolle Souza, Ester Rocha and Véronique Charbonneau
March 01 2022, 10:52 am | Comments 0

A Question of Trust

Learning to trust God can be a long process—one that is not always easy—because things don’t seem possible for us most of the time. But God is ever faithful.

By: Veronique Charbonneau
February 01 2022, 10:37 am | Comments 0

Problem Solved

I praise God for faithful volunteers and coworkers who take care of things while I’m gone!

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
January 01 2022, 12:15 pm | Comments 0

Praying for the Rain

God was reminding me not to fear and that He was with me. So I stopped worrying, and I concentrated my attention on the praise I was offering to God. At the end of the song, I noticed that the rain had stopped while we were singing.

By: Veronique Charbonneau
December 01 2021, 10:01 am | Comments 0

Boniface

Please pray for peace to come back into the hearts of Boniface and his family. Pray for his faith to be revived and that he will again find joy in his walk (or tricycle ride) with God.

By: Uli Baur
December 01 2021, 9:49 am | Comments 0

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

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