During the throes of the Great Depression, Alliance missionaries from Congo surveyed South Gabon and discovered vast areas that had never been reached with the gospel. The first missionaries entered the country in 1934.
After a North American ministry presence of more than 70 years, the Alliance national church in Gabon is moving full circle from being a recipient of Christian missions to being a partner in sending missionaries to unreached people. These churches are fully organized with official recognition from the Gabonese government and are able to support their own pastors and leaders. As the largest family of evangelical churches in the country, they are taking the initiative to plant new churches and reach into new areas with the gospel.
By 2008, all church-planting and related missionaries transitioned out of Gabon. The remaining U.S. workers are connected with Bongolo Hospital, where thousands of people hear Jesus’ message of hope in their darkest hours, regardless of their religious background or ability to pay for treatment. Each year, the number of patients who place their trust in Christ continues to grow. In 2008 more than 1,700 patients received Jesus at Bongolo Hospital.
Field Office Information
C&MA Field Entry in 1934
- Field Director:
- Keir Thelander
- Mailing Address:
- B P 13.021 Gros Bouquet
The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Gabon: 115 organized churches, 145 unorganized groups, 91 ordained ministers, 11,226 baptized members, and 25,550 inclusive members
- Transfer the vision, leadership, and administration of all institutions to the national church.
- Help the national church become a missionary-sending church within the next two years.
- Establish the Librairie de l’Alliance Chrétienne (Alliance Bookstore) in its new location and transfer management of this ministry to the national church.
12 International Workers in Gabon
Bongolo Evangelical Hospital
Dedicated hospital staff work around the clock to provide medical help and spiritual hope to the people of Gabon. Produced in 2001.
What You Can Do
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Infant mortality rate--53.6/1,000
- Capital City
- Libreville (661,600) pop.
- With an area slightly smaller than Colorado, Gabon (103,346 sq. mi.) is mostly covered by dense tropical forest, with coastal lowlands, plateaus, and mountains.
- French (official), Fang, Myene, Bateke, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
- Bantu tribes (including Fang, Punu, Nzeiby, Mbede)--88.7%; other Africans and Europeans--11.3%
- Per capita income--$5,900
Literacy rate--63% (1995 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Republic,with multiplicity presidential regime. Only two autocratic presidents have ruled Gabon since independence from France in 1960. A small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make Gabon one of the more prosperous and stable African countries.
- Christian--75%; animist--24; Muslim--1%
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