Pastor Toumoudagou invites us to Benin, West Africa, for the first time to partner with three churches in remote small towns. Outreach will include basic health education and malaria prevention as well as sports and games.
We encourage male students to consider participating as their presence would certainly make a powerful impact in the life of the church which is mostly made up of women and children. It would be a blessing for the community to see male participation in ministry. Women are in no way discouraged from applying.
While July/August is not the hottest time of the year in Benin, the weather and conditions for this trip may be extreme, hot and wet. We need a durable team that can reach out and minister relationally despite basic accommodations, extreme weather, and significant cultural and language differences.
Pastor Toumoudagou says that Malaria is a frequent problem. The team may provide the communities they visit with mosquito nets and anti-malaria medication as well as basic education on malaria prevention and general hygiene practices. LoveWorks will provide educational resources and ideas on preparing this education.
We may also be able to take a few computers and begin to show some young people in the churches how to use them in basic ways. Any PLNU student will have enough computer knowledge to share. Patience will be essential to work through translation and for working with people who may never have touched a computer.
There are at least eight major culture groups in Benin and at least six different major languages are spoken in the north. French is the official national language. Benin was an influential kingdom from the 15th century until it became a French colony in 1872. Benin gained independence in 1960.
Trip Dates: July 27 – Aug 17
Program fee: $4050
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This is LoveWorks first invitation to Benin.
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