To our faithful mission family: We hope you’re all doing well! So much has been happening over the past few months, which has kept us very busy! We are excited to share the latest about the work here in West Africa and how God has been answering prayers, both yours and ours!
March 14, 2021 was such an amazing, overwhelming and emotional day for our family! It was historic! Through your prayers and faithful support, we were able to launch the first General Baptist Church on the continent of Africa!
I will share a brief history of how it all happened, because it is evident that God is at work here! Through our great friend H*****, the Lord opened doors for us to connect with a young man named A****-A***. A*** has become a very trusted friend and ministry partner, and he is now our Chief of Staff for the General Baptist Church of West Africa. He is our primary national leader. Through him, we were able to connect with some of his relatives and a few other believers out in Eastern N****, in a very remote area. These believers had no church in their village, and they were traveling around 20 kilometers each way on Sundays to attend church, sometimes on foot, or by donkey and cart. The few believers there desired for a church to be established. We were so excited to hear about this opportunity, and began praying for the Lord to open doors.
We began making connections and contact with these believers right about the same time that the Mitchellville General Baptist Church agreed to partner with us to help establish a church, by “adopting” an unreached village with no church. Kirsten Ober arranged for a prayer call back in the US, and it wasn’t a day after that call that the Lord brought Pastor Z into our lives. He lives about 15 kilometers from this unreached and unengaged village. We began meeting with him, going over the General Baptist Statements of Faith and getting to know him and his family. Soon after, the Lord showed us that he was the one to begin ministering in the unreached village. He does not speak French or English, only Hausa. The village is made up of Hausa people, and he has been faithfully ministering there for the past two months. We praise God for Kirsten’s willingness to lead a prayer call on our behalf, and for everyone who has been faithfully praying for us. God is moving in West Africa!
In this remote village, land has been donated for a church building/ministry center. It is beside the community water source – a deep well. We quickly saw an opportunity to help the community through the gift of water as the draw well was over 150 feet deep. There was no shade over the well, making the task of obtaining water extremely hot and difficult work for the people. Now, thanks to your donations, we have been able to install a solar pump for this well. People can now obtain necessary water quickly and easily! What a timely blessing to the people as hot season is in full swing, and it is brutal. Please continue praying as we hope to begin building the wall and church/ministry center in that village very soon.
Back closer to home, we have been able to purchase land in the nearby village where we visit weekly. This village is made up of Hausa, Zarma, and Fulani people, mostly. Thanks to a generous gift from Women’s Ministries last year, we will begin construction on the outer walls for our ministry center soon (maybe even this week!). We are thankful for the faithfulness of Women’s Ministries and their commitment to the Great Commission!
Our home church, Leigh’s Chapel, has partnered with us to establish a church in this same village, and we are so thankful for how they are committed to getting the Gospel message out to people who have never heard it before!
We are continuing to pray for additional church partnerships in the US, churches who will help us to establish a church where none exists. If you would like to know more about how your church can partner with us to reach and “adopt” an unreached village, please contact the mission office.
Here is where our currently church planting partnerships stand:
As always, we are grateful for your continued support. It is because of your generous prayers and giving that we can be sent to share Christ with the lost.
Thank you for sustaining us with your prayers! Please let us know how we can be praying for you.
Kris, Nicole, Emily and Eden Yeomans
Important Announcement: It was recently announced that our family will be relocating from N**** to D****, for the foreseeable future. This is due to the security situation outside of N*****, which has continued to deteriorate. We are required to have armed guards with us when leaving the city, which is costly, stressful and emotionally tiring. So, we are relying more and more on our national partners for working in remote areas. From D****, we will be able to travel outside the city on our own for church planting, as the area is more stable.
We don’t expect our change in home-base to have any effect on our current or future ministry plans. This is an opportunity for our church-planting model to expand across the West Africa region. We continue to seek church-planting partnerships, and we will continue with our evangelism, discipleship and training efforts. Our focus will continue with unreached people groups. Our General Baptist West Africa headquarters and field office will remain in N***, and we will have a second office in D****. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks again for your continued partnership, and for praying specifically for our move, which will take place in the next couple of months.