Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)


View Global Ministries: Côte d’Ivoire in a larger map

Background/History

Located in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire recently emerged from a protracted civil war that ended with the 2011 ceasefire. The war resulted in displacement, unemployment, and hardship for Ivorians. Banks, schools, and other institutions were closed, and the country literally came to a standstill, although it is slowly returning to normal.

The Ivorian United Methodist Church is helping the country rebuild. One of the country’s largest denominations, the well-respected church has been has been involved in the rebuilding through a variety of UM Women’s programs, support for a hospital, and training for pastors and laity. The Ivorian church also operates one of the largest school systems in the country with 49 primary schools, six kindergartens, seven high schools and one technical-vocational school. Though it continues to be supported by Global Ministries, work is under way to strengthen the system and increase self-sufficiency.

The church was preceded by the autonomous Protestant Church of Côte d’Ivoire, becoming a UM church with full membership recognized by General Conference in 2008.

Related News

The Drinking Water Problem in Bakanou Village
Missionary Jean Claude Maleka shares the challenges of accessing safe water in Côte D’Ivoire.
Young Adults to be Commissioned
The class of 2012 will be commissioned as Mission Interns and US-2s on August 3.
Africa University Students Become Mission Interns
Africa U Students Become Mission Interns
The next step for prospective mission interns is training at Global Ministries.
A Christmas Message from Thomas Kemper
Dear Friends, On behalf of the General Board of Global Ministries, thank you for all you do to share God's love and light throughout the world. Through our work, together we are building a path that I ...
Q&A with West Africa Youth Leader Patrick Abro
As Christian young people in West Africa engage and deepen their dialogue of justice and faith across countries, languages, and traditions, Patrick Abro, a youth leader in Côte d'Ivoire, shares his pr ...
United Methodism Comes of Age in Cameroon
The Holy Spirit is definitely moving in Cameroon to gather God's church in this nation. The last two years, 2009 and 2010, have been very rewarding for The United Methodist Church in Cameroon. In spit ...
UMC Leaders Meet with Côte d'Ivoirian Officials, Discuss Peace Building and Healing
A delegation from The United Methodist Church met with the Foreign Minister and other leaders of Côte d'Ivoire to explore areas of common interest as the West African country recovers from a post-elec ...

Missionaries in Côte d'Ivoire

Maleka, Jean Claude Masuka
#3021390 - The Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka is assigned to church development and pastoral training in the East Africa Annual Conference from a base ...
Mufuk, Francine Ilunga Mpanga
Advance #3022068 - Francine Ilunga Mpanga Mufuk is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as co ...