Alliance Missions Comes Full Circle in Gabon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a U.S. missions investment of more than 70 years, the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) national church in Gabon is moving full circle from being a recipient of Christian missions to being a partner in sending missionaries to unreached peoples. “These churches are fully organized with official recognition from the Gabonese government,” says Bob Fetherlin, vice president for International Ministries at the U.S. C&MA National Office in Colorado Springs. “They are able to support financially 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.”

The Alliance churches of Gabon have a world missions center focusing on cross-cultural ministry. Also, they also have a training strategy in place that includes a Bible institute campus and a strong theological education by extension program. They sent their first missionary couple to Cameroon.

“Over the next two years, our U.S. mission personnel will be transitioning to other countries,” says Fetherlin. On July 21, a celebration in Gabon will acknowledge this major change. The primary purpose of this event is to honor the churches of Gabon for maturing to the place that the U.S. C&MA no longer needs to place long-term church-planting missionaries in the country. Alliance leaders also will reassure the C&MA churches in Gabon of a continuing ministry relationship.

The U.S. missions staff at Bongolo Hospital, which is affiliated with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Gabon, will remain in the country until 2015 to work through transition issues.

The Alliance is a fellowship of evangelical believers joined together in local churches, dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. The Alliance has a thoroughly evangelical doctrinal statement and encourages believers from diverse backgrounds and theological traditions to unite to complete Christ’s Great Commission.

CONTACT:
Mike Saunier, Director for Communications
The Christian and Missionary Alliance
719-265-2009
Fax: 719-599-8234
E-mail: saunierm@cmalliance.org

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