Pendjari

  • 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

Kids In Benin

Kids in Northern Benin don’t have much, but like kids everywhere, they manage to find ways to have fun with what they have.

By: Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou
April 01 2017, 6:16 am | Comments 1

Bike Accident

You can imagine the relief of the driver when he found that their God had protected them.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
February 01 2017, 4:35 am | Comments 0

Healing Auntie

Auntie was sick. Her hands and feet and legs burned like they were on fire, though they didn’t show any visible symptoms like hotness or swelling.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
January 01 2017, 4:18 am | Comments 0

Convincing a Skeptic

Please pray for Andy and all his new brothers and sisters in Christ.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
December 01 2016, 6:28 am | Comments 0

Inece

God had freed another of Satan’s captives and put them on the path to life.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
November 01 2016, 6:43 am | Comments 0

Temi

Please pray for Temi’s family as they move forward in their walk with God.

By: Suzy & Fidel Baldwin-Noutehou
July 01 2016, 11:58 am | Comments 0

Tantiga

God is moving in a mighty way. Please keep the village of Tantiga in your prayers.

By: Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou
May 01 2016, 10:08 am | Comments 0

Nuts and Belts

Praise God for always caring for us.

By: Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou
February 01 2016, 11:25 am | Comments 1

Tchati

Yes, God still works miracles!

By: Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou
December 01 2015, 11:04 am | Comments 0

Furlough Review

We had a very full furlough with lots of traveling and many happy meetings with friends, family and supporters.

By: Suzy Baldwin-Noutehou
November 01 2015, 4:36 am | Comments 0

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