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

My Sanctuary

As we walk back, refreshed and happy, the sun sets behind the hilltop. Tomorrow we will be back for another appointment. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
August 01 2019, 2:45 pm | Comments 0

Breaking the Cycle

he started praying that God would help her to forget the pain from the past, overcome the bitterness and embrace Seraphine as her sister in Christ. And Jesus transformed her heart!

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
June 01 2019, 4:05 pm | Comments 0

The Battle for Katayinka

In the dream I was fishing with some friends, and we were attacked by a snake. While the others ran away, I faced the snake and fought it. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
May 01 2019, 2:11 pm | Comments 0

Depending on the Lord

Please pray with us for this couple and for the lady’s complete recovery. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
January 01 2019, 4:17 am | Comments 1

Evariste

For me, Evariste is evidence that it is always worth investing in young people. Even if at some point they take a different road, and you lose sight of them, God never does, and He brings back His precious children. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
December 01 2018, 3:23 am | Comments 0

Hospital Ministry

We are confident that, through his ministry, some dark hours will become a little brighter and some hearts will be touched. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
November 01 2018, 9:18 am | Comments 0

Paul and Odile

Pray for Odile, Paul and their children and for a sweet reunion of the whole family in Christ.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
October 01 2018, 7:24 am | Comments 0

Soldier Ants in the Chicken House

Bad habits are like soldier ants. Once they grab hold of you, you can’t get rid of them.

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
September 01 2018, 11:26 am | Comments 0

Karim

We don’t have mass baptisms, and it takes a long time for people to take this step. But seeds are constantly planted, and we see the Holy Spirit at work. He is changing lives one life at a time. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
July 01 2018, 12:20 pm | Comments 2

School Crisis

We hope and pray that our teaching in Sabbath School and Pathfinders will help them build strong relationships with Christ and a solid knowledge of God’s word so they know what’s right and what’s wrong, inside or outside of the classroom. 

By: Ulrike & Toussaint Baur-Kouato
May 01 2018, 7:54 am | Comments 0

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