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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.

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Field Office Information

C&MA Field Entry in 1934

Field Director:
Keir Thelander
Mailing Address:
B P 13.021 Gros Bouquet
Libreville, GABON

National Church

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

Team Initiatives

  • 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.

Bongolo Hospital: Recovery Update

2014-02-05 13:52:27

By Paul Davis, an Alliance team member, who is the maintenance supervisor at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, West Africa

The following is an adapted excerpt from the Davis’s recent update.

Twelve days after a fire destroyed Bongolo Hospital’s electrical transformer, our new transformer is installed and fully operational.

This quick turnaround is unheard of in Gabon, where projects of this sort normally take six months! We now have a great system with many built in protections, which we didn’t have before. Thanks for all your prayers!

Answer to Prayer

During the 12 days we were without the transformer—except for a few minutes during which we checked fluids and did some maintenance—the backup generator performed flawlessly. This also was an answer to prayer!

A few short weeks before the fire, the generator wasn’t running. Lightning had taken out a switch that automatically turns the generator on when the power goes out.

Currently, our generator is on manual mode. To illustrate, says Dr. Renee Valach, “. . . If the lights go out in the middle of surgery, the surgeon has to leave the operating room, run down a hill, and manually flip the switch for the lights to come back on!”

Money has been donated to replace the switch, and we are looking into every option since we want it to work well now and in the future.

Thank you so much for your prayers, which strengthen and encourage us.

What You Can Do


  • Praise God for His provision of the new hospital transformer.
  • Join the Alliance family in praying for our international teams in Gabon and around the world. They serve in often challenging circumstances that require an extra measure of godly wisdom and grace. Use the Alliance Weekly Prayer Requests to assist you.


  • Give to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) and partner with Alliance global family members who are pushing back the darkness as they introduce lost people to the light of Jesus.
  • Give now

Learn More

  • Read about Alliance ministry in Gabon through Bongolo Hospital.
  • For updates, check out Bongolo Hospital’s Facebook page Note: Clicking on this link will take you off of the C&MA Web site.
  • Read more from Bongolo Hospital about the recent fire. Note: Clicking on this link will take you off of the C&MA Web site.


Population--1,389,201 Infant mortality rate--53.6/1,000 Life expectancy--55.8
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 Inflation--1.5% Unemployment--21% 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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Alliance ministry in Gabon is primarily funded through the Great Commission Fund. Help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and make a gift to the GCF today.

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