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

About the People

The Pendjari area in Benin and Togo encompasses six tribes—the Anufo, Berba, Gourmantche, Niende/Mbèlime, Natemba and Bulba—with a total population of about 280,900. Originally, they come from Burkina Faso and, before that, Mali. They migrated into Benin sometime in the past thousand years. Their tribal languages are similar, part of the same Niger-Congo language family. The people are famous for their diligence and capacity to work. Most are subsistence farmers and hunters.

These tribes are primarily animistic, meaning they seek to manipulate the spiritual world by gifts, sacrifices and charms. They worship a sun or serpent god through the mediation of fetishes and ancestral spirits—demons in disguise. When people want something, they make sacrifices to ancestors or fetishes who take their request to the sun god. Also, these demons frequently demand sacrifices for themselves.

When bad things start happening to a family, they go to a spirit medium. He taps a stick on the ground to invite spirits to speak through him and tell the family what to do. Maybe a deceased great-great-grandfather is feeling neglected and wants a sacrifice so he can “eat meat.” In tribal beliefs, dead relatives can be very demanding and often drive their families into poverty. Satan has these poor people so firmly under his control that they know no other option but to obey, or he will bring even more evil upon them. The details of this belief system vary for each of the six tribes, but they all suffer equally under demonic bondage. These people need to know about the one true God who is far stronger than their fetishes and ancestral spirits.

About the Project

These tribes live in an area of northern Benin centered around a triangle of three towns interspersed with small villages. None of these tribes are yet reached. No tribe members are Adventist Christians, and there is no other outreach work among them. There are no Bible translations in their language, though New Testament translations are underway in two of the tribal languages. The Holy Spirit is moving among these people who have traditionally been highly resistant to outsiders. Fidel and Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou have been working with the Pendjari people of Benin, West Africa, since 2014, witnessing to her friends and working in and around the towns of Tanguieta, Matrie and Cobly through friendship evangelism, medical care and health education.

Please join this missionary team with your spiritual and financial support. The team is greatly in need of committed prayer warriors who will take the responsibility of directly praying for their protection and success. Only through much fervent prayer will this project be completed successfully. Committed donors are also needed.

People Group Facts

  • Population: 280,900
  • Religion: Animism
  • People Groups: 6
  • Languages: Niger-Congo language family

Frontier Stories


Finally, Clarisse was able to speak. She confessed that Jesus was the Lord of her life. With more rebuking and praying, she was slowly able to get up and, even more slowly, walk around the room.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
October 01 2021, 10:07 am | Comments 0

Bienvenu, the Boy Sorcerer

Through sorcery, Bienvenu attended secret meetings at night and traveled to towns which he had never physically visited.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
June 01 2021, 9:16 am | Comments 0

Freeing Lisa

Today, Lisa is a changed person. God has freed her from the demons that kept her imprisoned so long.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
February 01 2021, 8:53 am | Comments 0

Lina’s Deliverance

Here in our village of Sepounga, most of the ladies are involved with at least one sorcery group.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
November 01 2020, 4:35 pm | Comments 0

The Long Labor

We praised God. The following week we went as a group to greet the baby and pray for him and his mother.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
October 01 2020, 3:37 pm | Comments 0

Snakes, Snakes, Snakes!

Every morning, we pray that God will watch over all of us—the workers, local children, animals and missionaries. We praise God for the protection he gives us every day.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
September 01 2020, 3:08 pm | Comments 0

New Churches for the Pendjari

Because of a miscalculation, the church in Mantalé ended up being bigger than we intended, but I suspect God may have been behind that. I think He has big plans for that church.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
June 01 2020, 8:27 am | Comments 0


Please keep Oumar in your prayers as God continues to grow him and reverse the damage of years of spirit possession.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
May 01 2020, 1:38 pm | Comments 0

Springs of Living Water

Fidel went out for one more look at the tank. As he stood beside it, he heard a voice say, “You asked for a sign. Here is a sign.”

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
November 01 2019, 9:18 am | Comments 0

Worker Training

What does one do when a member is found to be sacrificing to a fetish?

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
July 01 2019, 1:20 pm | Comments 0

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